Series: Grant report for the Freeborn County Community Foundation
Organization: Senior Resources
Program: Helping to maintain and enhance the health and wellbeing of aging adults.
Report: Family Caregivers Network supports those caring for a family member in the home, helping to sustain the caregiver’s own physical and mental health. Caregivers who are supported are less likely to experience the isolation and depression that can accompany daily caregiving stressors. This promotes continuity of care, helps keep the person cared for in their own home and avoid premature institutionalization and its costs for both the family and community.
Through September, Family Caregivers Network added 13 new caregivers; continues to provide Caregiver Support Group services to an average of 18 participants in two sessions each month; and delivered 84 respite-volunteer sessions to caregivers and their families as a break from routine care schedules.
Some of the educational offerings for adults through Senior Resources include Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Powerful Tools for Caregivers.
Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a class series that meets twice a year. This series is for any adult of any age with chronic health conditions, such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease or diabetes, among others. The six-week course features two-hour classes that teach self-management techniques.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers helps participants develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for another. The six-week course features 90-minute classes.