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.

Educational Opportunities

PLOWS will offer a 3 week program on caregiver issues. The sessions are free and will be held at the PLOWS Council on Aging offices. Caregivers and other interested individuals are encouraged to attend.  Registration is required.

Where:         7808 College Dr., 5th Floor; Palos Heights

When:          October 11, 18, and 25

Time:            5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Week 1-October 11, 2017: Incontinence

Incontinence is not normal at any age and may be symptomatic of other health issues. Dr. JoAnn Gruca, RN, Associate Professor Emeritus at St. Xavier University, will present this seminar on incontinence developed by the Simon Foundation for Incontinence.

 Week 2 -October 18, 2017: Prepaid Burial, Advanced Directives, Estate Planning

Please join us for a presentation concerning end of life issues presented by attorney Tom Scannell and Ann Galinski of Schmaedeke Funeral Home.  This humorous and interactive program includes topics such as P.O.A., wills, living wills, trusts, individual asset protection, Medicaid, Social Security, and veterans benefits.

Week 3-October 25, 2017: Medicare D

Just in time for Open Enrollment, Elaine Grande, PLOWS advocacy expert, will discuss Medicare Part D prescription coverage and Medicare Savings Programs. She explains what to look for in a drug plan, consequences of not signing up, the donut hole, and various assistance programs. To assess the Part D plan for you or a loved one, bring a current prescription printout(s) from your pharmacy and the respective Medicare card(s).

To register for one or all programs call 708.361.0219.