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.

Grief Support

Grief Support Group: PLOWS Council on Aging will host a support group for those grieving the loss of a loved one. The pain of loss can be overwhelming but there are healthy ways to cope. This 6-week group will meet weekly to help each other through shared experiences. The group will focus on providing education and healing in a supportive environment. If interested or for more information, call PLOWS at (708)361-0219.