Estherville is indeed blessed to have a wonderful organization that provides volunteers performing a noble cause.
That organization is Respite Angels, a group of dedicated people who provide respite care to families of victims of Alzheimer's and dementia.
Few know the burden that these families face. Often, a spouse or child may have to quit a job and stay home to care for an elderly parent. The reason they do so, however, is because they love their family member and want to keep him or her in the home for as long as possible. Doing so helps prevent the Alzheimer's or dementia patient from being a financial burden on society. Keeping people in their own homes is also often better for the individual.
However, caregivers are prone to 'burnout' when they have to care for a family member 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
That's where Respite Angels comes in.
Respite Angels provides volunteer caregivers so family members can get a break and get away to shop, see a movie, get groceries or to just get away. It's necessary and the healthy thing to do.
And you can help.
Respite Angels is holding its second annual Angel Day 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Masonic Temple at 2003 Central Ave. in Estherville. Scalloped potatoes and ham or chicken noodle casserole, salads, bars and drink will be available for $7. There will also be a bake sale with all proceeds going to support respite care.
Tax-deductible donations may also be sent to Respite Angels, P.O. Box 318, Estherville, IA 51334.