Caregiver Corner

PLOWS Council on Aging has Caregiver Specialist staff trained to deal with issues specific to those providing care to a loved one.  Courses and support groups are offered throughout the year.   Goals include reducing stress, education, and finding appropriate services.  Caregivers are not alone.

Respite Services for Family Caregivers

PLOWS can help family caregivers obtain respite service for family members caring for a senior. Trained homemakers are available to give you a break in caring for your loved one who depends on you for their everyday needs. Respite caregivers are given specific instructions on their duties and can provide supervision, companionship, meal preparation, and some personal care. No medical care can be provided and medications cannot be administered. There is a three hour minimum per respite request. Respite homemakers will come to the senior’s residence, but it may also be possible to have respite care in an adult day service or long-term care facility.

Respite service is federally funded under the Older Americans Act. A contribution is suggested to help defer the cost not covered by government funding, but service will not be denied due to an inability to contribute to the program.  For more information contact PLOWS at 708.361.0219.

 

 PLOWS Offers Support Groups

Caregiver Support Group

PLOWS Council on Aging holds a six-week support group for caregivers caring for persons with dementia. Registration accepted now. Call for more information.

 

Early Stage Memory Loss Group

If you or a loved one is experiencing early stage memory loss, join us for a supportive, informative group for both the caregiver and loved one with memory loss. The group offers education, emotional support, and social interaction in a safe, supportive environment. Topics may vary but include an overview of early stage memory loss, medical information, legal and financial planning, and navigating social and family relationships. Time and place to be determined. Space is limited. An interview is required prior to attending the group.

 

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

PLOWS Council on Aging is hosting a 6-session support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. Each session will have a specific focus, including financial & legal assistance, building relationships, and caring for oneself along the way. Knowledgeable and experienced guest speakers will provide additional information and guidance. We strongly encourage all grandparents raising grandchildren to take advantage of this opportunity. Call for more information