Joy Johnston is a digital journalist who has worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, About.com, and AOL. She currently serves as a National Content Editor for Cox Media Group, where she specializes in creating viral content that drives web traffic and social engagement.
Joy also works to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s, cancer, and caregiving through her blog, The Memories Project, and through essays that have appeared in digital and print formats. The Reluctant Caregiver, a collection of her caregiving essays, was published in 2017.
Look forward to following your idea and seeing how it develops. One of the key elements necessary to the success of my Respite Lite concept is finding a reliable network of caregivers, so glad to see your contribution in this challenge.
Love the idea of an art kit. Art therapy is used in the facility setting but may be overlooked at home. I follow Creative Carer on Facebook. The 80-something mother has dementia and the daughter discovered the power of art therapy in keeping her mother happily fulfilled. The mother enjoys making paper flower arrangements, coloring, and painting shells. The daughter started an Etsy store with her mother's creations so there's a positive effect for all involved. https://www.facebook.com/CreativeCarer/
The care bags contain gift cards for mini-respites, which include cafes, restaurants, movie theatres, and spas. The bags also include a book about caregiving and a personalized thank-you card.
The care bags could either be sponsored as a whole by a heath care organization or businesses could donate goods to be included in the bags in exchange for having their logos on the bags and/or branded materials included inside the bags.
If the care bags were distributed in a medical setting, which would be ideal, they would be similar to the bags dentists hand out to their patients on each visit that include toothpaste, a toothbrush, floss, lip balm, etc. to encourage oral care at home.