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AKRON, IA 51001
Last Updated: October 12, 2017



Intermission Respite Care Inc. is your personalized companion care and non-medical assistance for your loved one in the comfort of their home. We provide compassion, dignity and respect for our clients and their families.

We provide respite services for the caregiver, companionship, light meal preparation, light housekeeping, errands and shopping, medication reminders, recreation, assistance with personal hygiene and dressing, home safety and more.

Company History

Connie and Marvin Black found a need for respite care and started the business to help others in the same situation. Connie is an RN and BSW. She received her BSW from Briar Cliff and her RN from St Luke’s College. Connie has worked as a floor RN in hospitals and long term care and also for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. She served her country in the US Air Force.

Marvin Black is a native of Akron. He served his country in the US Airforce. Marvin proudly serves on the Akron Volunteer Ambulance Service as an EMT-B.

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Dr. Frank Longo isn't the kind of guy who chokes up easily. The pre-eminent neurologist is better known for his professional stoicism and scholarly approach to the devastation he sees weekly in his Alzheimer's patients--the people who come into his office at the Stanford University School of Medicine, their memory just a little bit worse than the last time he saw them. But today, even though he's trying to keep it together, his throat tightens.

He's in a small exam room outside Kansas City, Kans., watching a young man do something people do every day. He's swallowing a pill with a big gulp of water. But it's not just any pill--it's a new drug that Longo hopes will prove to be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's--and when the man swallows, tears pool in the deep furrows around Longo's eyes. 

As chairman of the department of neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford, Longo knows how destructive Alzheimer's can be. He specializes in memory disorders and regularly sees patients whose brains are slowly scrambling. In recent years he's grown frustrated. Alzheimer's was first discovered in 1906, which means doctors have had a century to peel away the disease's molecular layers and search for a cure. But despite their best efforts, they still have no real treatments. Since 2000, more than 200 Alzheimer's drugs have been tested, and none proves to be a silver bullet. Only a handful of drugs can, in the best-case--but rare--scenario, relieve some of the worst problems of memory loss and confusion.

"My biggest frustration is that we've cured Alzheimer's in mice many times. Why can't we move that success to people?" Longo says. (He's referring to numerous promising compounds that have eliminated the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's in animals.) If the ongoing human trials continue to progress the way he hopes, Longo's drug, called LM11A-31, could be a critical part of finally making that happen. But that's still a big if. 

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Caregiving is a beautiful and brave act, but it is enough to strain anyone's patience and love. Give yourself time and space to refuel—let Intermission Respite Care help!

by Brenda Avadian, MA

Linda Sivertsen presents the concept of Time Debt – something we caregivers experience, but likely didn’t have a name for, until now.

When we were younger, time went by slowly; especially, when we’re in school. As we grew older, we likely had the same lament as our parents: The seasons pass too quickly.

Sometimes, our loved ones are not given enough seasons to notice. Sivertsen says her parents died too soon – before they could realize their dreams. On her website she writes:

It’s taken me YEARS to stop losing time to people, habits, and things that drained me. But it didn’t have to be so hard, so bloody confusing.

Time - Clock face

For most of us, after we reach our fifties, we begin to appreciate the currency of time. Unlike money, where we can use credit, there are no credit cards to borrow time. Each of us is given a limited amount. How we spend our time – our minutes, hours, and days is up to us.

Some of us work, Work, WORK. I’m guilty of too many 14-hour days (give or take a couple). For the past 11 years, I’ve been saying this has to stop. It hasn’t. While my 16-hour workdays are few and far between, I’ve worked at this relentless pace for my entire professional career spanning 37 years.

Family caregivers may feel the same way – caregiving 24/7. Some days (even weeks) are like this. There’s no end and yet, what a surprise when we survive. But we can’t do this for long. The future looks grim for caregiver survival over age 65. Too many die before those for whom they care.

Why watch Sivertsen’s TED talk?

You might be over-investing your time, caring for others, while not investing in enough self-care. When we spend our time reacting to other people’s emergencies, we have much less time to prepare for and prevent our own.

Highlights from Time Debt

  1. Thinking you’re a machine.
    You think you can do whatever it takes.
    Of course, we caregivers think we can do it all!
  2. Forgetting that “Shit Happens.”
  3. Denying the laws of physics
    Packing in too much in too little time.
  4. Time Shock
    Uh ohhh, where did the time go?

Sivertsen reports doing two things to get out of Time Debt. The first is to be expected – we must track our time. The second is a more surprising and compelling reason to set aside time to watch her presentation. If you don’t have time, watch her second tip at about the nine-minute mark.

Consider Linda Sivertsen’s 13-minute Time Debt at TEDTalk as an investment in how you will spend your time going forward. Be inspired to make small changes. Like the higher interest rates of yesteryear, you may be able to capture a compounded return on your investment of time.

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