Engaging Employers in Lifespan Respite: Tools from ReACT

March 13, 2014

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ReACT (Respect A Caregiver’s Time) is an employer-focused coalition dedicated to addressing the challenges faced by employee caregivers and reducing the impact on the companies that employ them. ReACT represents nearly 1 million employees through its membership of more than 40 companies and non-profit organizations.

Melissa Gong Mitchell and Jordan Green, representatives from ReACT, shared what they learned from building the ReACT coalition and their Employer Resource Guide. These tools and resources have application for Lifespan Respite programs, state respite coalitions, respite providers and community and faith-based agencies as they seek ways to communicate and partner with employers, including small businesses, corporations and others in the private sector. From a state perspective, Sharon Johnson, Program Coordinator for the Nebraska Lifespan Respite Subsidy Program, shared plans for raising awareness among employers about family caregiver respite needs and engaging employers in their statewide respite network.



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