Care Connection focuses on dementia caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month

Date: November 8, 2019 | Category: News

Care Connection for Aging Services is focusing on dementia caregivers’ training during National Family Caregivers Month in November.
The agency’s Family Caregiver Program is seeking participants for a caregiver education program that provides practical advice and support for caregivers of people with dementia.
Topics include: daily care, everyday activities, anxiety, injury prevention, safety, anger issues, meals, bladder and bowel problems, self-care, communication, sleep, bathing, wandering, transferring, brain health, driving, and balancing work with caregiving.
Participants will learn at their own pace with either printed materials or online. Pre- and post-surveys will measure the program’s success. The information is targeted to caregivers of adults who are newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other dementia, as well as struggling caregivers who need a boost.
“The program is aimed at making the life of the caregiver a little bit easier,” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management for Care Connection. “We want to reduce physical and emotional stress that comes with caregiving.”
For the caregivers’ training, a Care Connection Care Manager will evaluate the needs of the person with dementia and the caregiver; provide information about the disease; consider potential safety risks and offer appropriate safety assistive devices; and work with the caregiver to develop a care plan so that the person with dementia may stay at home as long as possible.
Care Connection is partnering with the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging to provide this service as part of a federal grant through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
If you want to participate or find out more, call the Care Manager at your nearest senior center or call Marilyn Gunter at 1-800-748-7826.
Care Managers:
Bates and Vernon counties: Artricia Lowry, 417-667-5847 in Nevada and 660-679-5830 in Butler.
Benton County: Dee Locke, 660-668-2352 in Cole Camp and 660-438-3300, ext. 3 in Warsaw.
Carroll and Chariton counties: Robyn Kistler, 660-542-0399 in Carrollton and 660-388-5431 in Salisbury.
Cedar County: Katie Hunter, 417-876-5574 in El Dorado Springs and 417-276-5306 in Stockton.
Henry County: Roy Qualls, 660-885-3482 in Clinton and 660-647-3224 in Windsor.
Hickory and St. Clair counties: Melanie Foster, 417-646-8292 in Osceola and 417-282-6100 in Wheatland.
Johnson County: Laura Miles, 1-800-748-7826.
Lafayette County: Bertina Markworth, 1-800-748-7826.
Pettis County: Joy Guymon, 660-826-0713.
Saline County: Jennifer Sims, 660-886-9888.