ABOUT RESPITE CARE SHARE
Respite Care Share was founded in 2016 by former family caregiver and digital journalist Joy Johnston.
After serving as a long-distance caregiver for her father, who suffered from dementia, Johnston began a blog, The Memories Project. Just six months after her father's death, her mother was diagnosed with colon cancer. Johnston quit her job to nurse her mother back to health.
Family caregivers have long been taken for granted, while providing billions of dollars in unpaid care to help Americans stay at home instead of being moved to institutional care. As America marches towards an explosion in the senior population, more and more Americans will step into the family caregiver role. Some will have to quit their jobs to be a full-time caregiver.
But caregivers cannot sustain their own health if they are forced to work 24/7, 365 days a year. That's why Respite Care Share seeks to make it easier for caregivers to take a break.
Respite Care Share was presented at the 2017 Aging in America conference.