Caregiver, I’ve Got 2. Can I do (this) for you?

We’ve been asking wrong from the beginning. “Hey, let me know how I can help,” you say sincerely. “No, I am fine,” replies the family caregiver.   Sound familiar? The problem is that the caregiver is overwhelmed and doesn’t realize how you can help because they are singularly focused on providing the best possible care for their loved one.  (Let’s be honest — loved one may be a stretch in some cases.) Additionally, caregivers seldom self-identify as a caregiver or someone who needs help.  They may see your assistance as defeat or a sign of weakness. November is Family Caregiver Month which makes it the perfect time to find a caregiver and suggest ways to potentially make their life a little easier. The best part […]

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Local Nonprofit is Need of Volunteers for Summer Months and Beyond

With the rise in temperature, many isolated elders and homebound adults are left without vital services such as transportation to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments. Currently, there are nearly 90 homebound adults waiting to be matched with volunteers through Duet: Partners In Health & Aging. These services include help with grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments, providing friendly visits, minor home repairs, assistance with basic paperwork and more. “When the summer heat arrives, a number of our volunteers depart the Valley for cooler weather, but our neighbors—that’s what we call the homebound adults that we serve—stay here and are still in need of the crucial services that our volunteers provide,” said Sue Reckinger, director of volunteer services. “Those who are interested in volunteering just […]

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