Balloons Released in Honor of Caregivers and Their Loved Ones | Community Spirit
White balloons were released at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada for clients of its Respite Care program who have passed and for the family members who cared for them.
The balloon release was in honor of National Family Caregivers Month and according to the National Caregivers Association, more than 65 million family members around the country fill that role.
The Respite Care program gives people who are caring for elderly or frail family members time off. Workers attend to people in need by providing companionship, light housekeeping, medication reminders and more.
"Instead of clients, they are more like family. I have had too many people pass, and I wish I could do more for the caregivers who are on their own afterwards," Catholic Charities respite worker Linda Wolf said.
In all, 86 balloons were released for the clients who have died over the past two years.
"Caregivers take care of their loved ones and their family 24/7, and Catholic Charities has the honor of coming in and giving them a break so they can take a moment to recharge," Respite Care supervisor Sandi Sinicrope
The service is open to low and moderate income families. No payment is required but a voluntary contribution is requested. For more information about the program, go to catholicharities.com.