We Are Here to Help!
The Modern Maturity Center has a staffed Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) and a Relative as Parent Resource Center. The center is a community access point for information on a variety of caregiver issues. The CRC is located on the second floor in the Medical Services Building at the back of the MMC parking lot. An elevator is available at the Pivot Physical Therapy entrance. The Caregiver Resource Center Coordinators, Sandy Gardels and Janet Harper-Wooley, understand the challenges that caregivers face and can provide information, assistance and support. Contact the CRC at 302-734-1200 Sandy ext. 186 and Janet ext. 192.
A library of books and videos, as well as an assortment of pamphlets and brochures, about health problems, services, and other caregiver issues are available. Monthly trainings are offered to assist caregivers. Special programs and speakers are scheduled throughout the year. Information on respite is also available. Respite is a service that gives a break to the caregiver.
A small lending library of walkers, wheel chairs, commode chairs and a few other supplies are available for signing out. Call for more information.
Relative as Parent Resource Center (Grandparents etc.) Located in the Caregiver Resource Center. There are booklets and other information available to assist. Information is available about free respite (break time) for the caregiver at the meetup meetings or by calling our office.
Caregiver Meetup Groups meet following the trainings at noon on the first Monday of the month at 1 p.m. in Suite 204 of the MMC Medical Services Building and following the trainings at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. These meetings are for anyone caring for an elder relative, friend or neighbor. An elevator is available at the Pivot Physical therapy entrance.
The Parkinsons Meetup Group meets the first Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. in the MMC East Conference room for anyone with Parkinson’s and their caregiver if they have a caregiver.
Relative as Parent “Second Time Around” Meetup Group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. in the Caregiver Program Room on the second floor of the Medical Services Building at the rear of the parking lot. A group for grandparents or other blood relatives raising blood related children.
Caregiver Trainings with Videos and/or Speakers are provided prior to the Caregiver Meetup Meetings on the first Monday of the month at Noon and the third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in Suite 204 of the MMC Medical Services Building.
The future can be unpredictable but being prepared for what ever the future brings can help when there is a family crisis involving the care of a loved one. Many times, the responsibility is taken on by one member of the family. However, asking for help can be crucial. Mobilizing family members can take some effort. A family meeting can help try to get everyone on the same page or as much as possible. The sharing of information and the needs will help bring the family together. The meeting should be in as natural a place as possible, understanding that things can get heated. Not everyone sees things the same. If no one is comfortable holding the family meeting, perhaps a mediator should be brought in. Before the meeting, make sure that everyone has the current information about the situation and the disease(s). It is hoped that family members can come together to provide the best possible care for the loved one. However, this is not always the case and there may not be anything anyone can do about it. It is best if there is at least the attempt to get the family all on board for the care of the loved one.
So much is uncertain during this time. When caregivers really need support, it is hard to get. However, we are here to talk with you and provide any help we can. The Caregiver Resource Center is available. We are part time. We will call you back if we are not in.
During these times Caregivers and those around them should watch out for depression and anxiety. If you see signs in yourself or anyone around you, either speak to your primary care physician or contact a mental health professional. It is very important for caregivers to take care of themselves. What happens to the person you are caring for if you cannot be there? In addition to taking care of yourself, make sure you have a plan B. Know who you can call at a moment’s notice for help in caregiving. This could be a family member, a friend or an agency that can come to your aide quickly. You can contact home health agencies that provide that kind of service. They will do an intake evaluation so they know what the needs would be and can be ready to provide services. We have had caregivers who have made these types of arrangements. When they had to be taken to the hospital, they had someone to call that was at the home within a couple of hours. Best to be as prepared as you can be.
The dates for support groups will not appear here as we are not sure what August will bring.
Everyone is welcome to come to the trainings at the Caregiver Resource Center.
Note: Registration is necessary for some of the trainings.
Caregiver Resource Center at Modern Maturity is partially funded by DHSS Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities through the National Family Caregiver Support Program, Title III-3 of the Older Americans Act.