NH DHHS Announces Daylong Respite Summit

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Special

Medical Services (SMS) in collaboration with the NH Lifespan Respite

Coalition made up of family caregivers and a broad group of stakeholders

are hosting a daylong Lifespan Respite Summit on Wednesday, October 12th.

The Summit is an opportunity to bring together stakeholders and family

caregivers of all ages to discuss the status of respite services in New

Hampshire, identify gaps in services and training opportunities for respite


“Providing day to day care for a loved one, while rewarding, can also be

challenging,” said Cathy Creapaux, DHHS’ Caregiver Program Manager. “We

recognize that respite services are crucial for family caregivers in the

very important work they do each and every day.”

SMS has been working with various stakeholders to improve respite services

for primary caregivers who support individuals with special health care

needs and disabilities across the lifespan. The Summit will provide

opportunities to hear from Greg Link of the Federal Administration on Aging

and Jill Kagan, national representative for ArchRespite regarding Lifespan

Respite Care initiatives.

The Summit is being held at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord, and will go

from 8:30 – 4:00. For those who cannot travel, but wish to attend, they

can do so through videoconferencing. There will be several host sites

around the State: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center in Lebanon;

North Country Education Services in Gorham; NH Public TV in Durham; and

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services in Keene. For more

information about the summit call 271-4653 or visit:

www.eventsbot.com/events/eb173161041 . There is a $15 fee to cover the cost

of lunch and refreshments.