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Respite Awareness Week recognized at PMH

The local respite program gave volunteers and staff a chance to get together to commemorate their work
Break Away, an adult respite program that provides care for those with Alzheimer's and or other types of memory loss, celebrated National Respite Awareness Week with an Appreciation Day Tea last Friday.
   Break Away is a volunteer driven program geared toward helping families who are dealing with Alzheimer's, and other debilitating diseases affecting memory, by providing relief for primary caregivers for a few hours a week. The service is offered locally at Pioneer Memorial Hospital twice a week.
   Honored guest for the celebration was Prineville Mayor, Steve Uffleman who handed out certificates to the clients and volunteers from both Prineville and Redmond who participate in the program.
   "Our Program relies on our dedicated and caring volunteers who make Break Away a fun, loving and wonderful place for our clients to attend," said Lorraine Espinosa, program coordinator. "We are very fortunate to have this level of support from our communities."
   There are 10 similar respite programs in Oregon. Although some respite programs across the state are struggling for support, Break Away has been able to expanded to include an extra day per week in Prineville and one day a week in Redmond.