Time Out Caregiver Respite Program
The Intergenerational Center at Temple University strengthens communities by bringing generations together to address critical concerns and creates opportunities for lifelong civic engagement.
Created in 1986, Time Out is a model intergenerational respite and home support program in which college students provide quality, low cost services to families caring for the frail elderly. Time Out Respite Program is grant funded by PEW Charitable trusts, Green Tree Community Health Foundation, Patricia Kind Family Foundation, The Barra Foundation, Lomax Family Foundation, and Union Benevolent Association. Temple University provides the physical space.
How does it work?
The Intergenerational Center is part of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University. The knowledge and experience enables the program to develop, evaluate and replicate innovative programs, offer high quality training and consultation, and conduct research that examines the impact of the service and identifies promising practices. The agency serves as a national and international resource for organizations and communities.
College students provide caring companionship and supervision while creating a safe and stimulating environment for frail elderly. Students may assist with meal preparation, laundry, light grocery shopping, and assistance into the bathroom, as well as serve as medical escorts. Students do not provide personal care, cleaning, transportation, or administer medication or therapies. Cost: $8/hour and $25 biannual membership fee. Student respite workers receive training and ongoing support related to aging and needs of caregivers. Students are carefully screened; they provide two references and have a criminal history clearance.
Why is it successful?
The Time Out Respite Program has been successful in meeting its goals of supporting Philadelphia caregivers. Caregivers' stress scores decreased after being in the program; caregivers reported that the program has enabled them to keep their family member at home longer. Care receivers are substantially less isolated. In addition, 100% of the caregivers would recommend the program to others. Caregivers frequently comment that their elderly family member form a special bond with their student.
For more information: www.timeoutprogram.org