The following Letter to the Editor ran in The Kane County Chronicle, 11/23/15. To view, click here.

To the Editor:

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to highlight the needs of caregivers – and raise awareness of how residents in Kane County can make a positive difference. Becoming a “REST Companion” to provide respite – or short breaks – for caregivers is one way.

Caregivers need regular breaks to focus on their own health and well-being, to prevent burnout and decrease stress. Stepping away to refresh and recharge means so much to them, especially knowing their loved ones are in good hands with respite volunteers and workers who have been well-trained.

So many family caregivers throughout Kane County are providing exceptional, ongoing care for their loved ones. As we commemorate National Family Caregivers Month, consider giving your time as a REST Companion. Many tell us how rewarding it is to serve – to step in so a caregiver can step out.

Join us for a REST Companion training course Jan. 23 at Marklund Day School-Ann Haskins Center, 164 S. Prairie Ave., Bloomingdale. During National Family Caregiving Month – and beyond – you will find satisfaction knowing you are making a positive impact on caregivers throughout the Kane County community. Please give me a call if you would like to attend the REST Companion course, or if you have questions, at 630-397-5655.

Lois Sheaffer

REST program director(Geneva and Bloomingdale)