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In-home caregiver respite available through Council on Aging's Family Caregiver Support program

By Brett Moraes
Posted Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Council on Aging's Family Caregiver Support Program is dedicated to assisting Chatham's caregivers. We have a number of programs that can help. They include:

In Home Caregiver Respite
For 24 hour caregivers, just leaving the house or doing something for themselves can be a daunting task. What the respite program does is give those caregivers a chance to go ahead and take that break to take time for themselves, therefore they are better able to take care of their loved one(s). We contract with a local, bonded home health agency to provide experienced aides to give weekly relief. This is a donation-based program, so there is no cost to the program and is available to most all Chatham clients. We have room in the program and are taking new clients right now!

Caregiver Support Group
The Chatham county caregiver support group meets the third Monday of every month at the senior center in Pittsboro. Meeting starts at 6:00pm. To find out upcoming topics of discussion, getting on the mailing list for future meeting notices or for more information, please call the number below.

Caregiver Education
"Powerful Tools for Caregivers" is a 6 week course designed to arm you with the "tools" to better take care of yourself, effectively communicate with others, and learn of national and local resources. The next course starts in October and is being held in Siler City. For more information, or to sign up for this free course, please contact below.

Medical Equipment for Loan
The Council on Aging receives all kinds of donations of medical assitive devices: wheelchairs, shower seats, walkers, commodes, canes-you name it! We also have electric wheelchairs and hospital beds from time to time. We loan these items out to anyone who needs them at no cost for as long as they are needed. There are no income, residency, or age threshold of any kind. If you have an assitive or medical device you would like to donate to the COA, we would be more than happy to provide you with a letter for tax purposes.

All programs are donation based-you are free to contribute towards the cost of the program, but are not required to. Contributions do not determine position on wait lists or participation in the program. If you have any interest in one or more of the programs listed above, please do not hesitate to contact me. My contact information:

FMI: contact Brett Moraes at 919.542.4512 or brett.moraes@chathamcoa.org

 
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