(PLACERVILLE, CA) - November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the nearly 90 million family caregivers who provide countless hours of care and support to their loved ones. "During Family Caregivers Month we want to acknowledge the selfless acts of love provided by caregivers in our County and let them know about local resources and supports," said Jennifer Cullen, supervisor of the El Dorado County Family Caregiver Support Program.
According to Cullen, caregivers of older adults often neglect to take time to care for themselves, which can lead to negative consequences. "Long-term caregiving can feel like running an endless marathon, with high physical, emotional and financial costs. In fact, studies show that caregivers experience more depression and stress than non-caregivers," said Cullen.
The Family Caregiver Support Program offers free services and supports to family caregivers of older adults in El Dorado County. Services include informational resources, educational workshops and training series, family caregiver support groups, family assessments and respite care. Respite care is provided to eligible caregivers on an intermittent, occasional, or emergency basis for a brief period from caregiving responsibilities.
Free educational classes offered through the Family Caregiver Support Program are provided countywide and focus on topics such as:
"Our approach of providing multiple types of support and training allows activities to be tailored to the unique needs of each family," said Cullen. "A caregiver's life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain. Our staff can help guide caregivers in understanding the steps to this dance."
For more information about the Family Caregiver Support Program, please call (530) 621-6151. The Family Caregiver Support Program is a service of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA). HHSA offers additional supportive services for family caregivers, including The Club - Adult Day Services. For more information about these and other HHSA programs, and a list of local caregiver support groups, please visit www.edcgov.us/hhsa.
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