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Preparing – Making (something) ready for use or consideration or making (someone) ready or able to do or deal with something.

Care – Serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk.

What do you mean preparing to care?

As a caregiver, please take an opportunity to learn and prepare to care. You may say “what do you mean by prepare to care?” Well, as a caregiver you have to know what has changed and what is the latest information available for caregivers. You cannot rely on programs and services that were in place last year to be around this year. Information and technology can change from day to day. Programs and procedures can be updated and outdated in the twinkling of an eye. And “Yes” caregivers need to be aware of those changes because caregivers are on the front-line when it comes sustaining the life of their loved ones as well as maintaining a good quality of life for themselves. You must take this time now to educate yourselves as you continue to serve your family and love ones.

The Preparing to Care Campaign consists of informative events geared toward making sure the caregiver. .

1. Gets ready

2. Stays ready

3. And feels comfortable meeting the daily needs of the person they care for

Please check this page often as we will add more information about the 2016 Preparing to Care Campaign

CHECK OUT BELOW THE 2014 & 2015 PREPARING TO CARE CAMPAIGNS

Preparing To Care 2014

January 2014 – Caregiver Senior Boot

February 2014 – Long Distance Caregiving

March 2014 – Caregiver Life Class

April 2014 – Caregiver Life Class

June 2014 – Building a Healthcare TEAM

July 2014 – How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

August 2014 – What Every Caregiver Needs to Know About Social Security

September 2014 – Delta Senior Promise Lunch and Learn

October 2014 – 10 Things Every Caregiver Should Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

Preparing to Care 2015

In 2015 we launched the Listening Session for Working Family Caregivers (LSWFC). We had 2 events one in January and one in July. The LSWFC was an opportunity for working family caregivers to express their unique challenges as well as find out what resources were available to them.

Did you know that 6 out of 10 family caregivers are employed?

Did you know that 73% of family caregivers who care for someone over the age of 18 either work or have worked while providing care; 66% have had to make adjustments to their work life, from reporting late for work to giving up work entirely; and 1 out of 5 caregivers have had to take a leave of absence!

Sources: Six in 10… – MetLife Study of Working Caregivers and Employer Health Costs; National Alliance for Caregiving and MetLife Mature Market Institute.

February 2010;  73% of family caregivers …Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP. November 2009

January 2015 (LSWFC) – Caregiving Champion

What is a Caregiving Champion??

The Caregiving Champions program seeks to recognize leaders who have raised awareness of the issues facing family caregivers in our society. In general, Champions have incorporated family caregivers into their work on healthcare, healthcare reform, disability, aging, and long-term care issues.

For policymakers, this may include introducing or supporting legislation that would: support long-term services and supports for family caregivers; include caregivers in medical records (including electronic records); or protect appropriations for caregiver support programs. Champions may also give public testimony or speeches on family caregivers. Administrative and executive branch policymakers may provide support through state or federal programs on caregiving (such as a regulation to include caregivers in the new models of care delivery). Source: www.Caregiving.org

Caregiver’s Respite selected Congressman Steve Cohen as our Caregiving Champion. Congressman Cohen is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district, serving since 2007. Tennessee’s 9th district includes almost three-forths of Memphis. (Source Wikipedia) We presented him with a plaque recognizing him as our Caregiver Champion. Congressman Cohen was chosen as our Champion based on his commitment to Long Term Care(LTC) issues in the city and state.

During the Listening Session for Working Family Caregivers Congressman Cohen was engaged with the people and the people were very receptive to him and the information he provided. His contribution fostered an interactive exchange where all of the questions the caregivers had were answered. Some of the questions asked were about LTC and expanding Medicaid in detail. He also shared information about the many programs he was initiating like medical research and care for veterans. Congressman Cohen also made himself available for photos.

July 2015 (LSWFC) – Topics

Elderly Abuse & Neglect

Scam Targeting the Elderly

Caregiver Health and Wellness

Legal 101