The Utah Pride Center in cooperation with the Caregiver Support Program of Salt Lake County will hold a workshop on how to become a caregiver for a dependant adult on Feb. 28 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Center.
According to Nancy Stallings, Program Manager, the free 90 minute workshop will teach adults who want or need to be caregivers about the financial and support services available to them through the Caregiver Support program. She defined eligible participants as unpaid adults age 18 and older for adults over 60 who suffer from severe cognitive impairment or who need help with two or more of the following routine daily activities: bathing, getting dressed, walking, eating or using the bathroom.
“In a one shot one presentation we will talk about our program and eligibility,” said Stallings. “In a nutshell, we are mandated to provide services for caregivers of frail, older adults. It might be parents, grand parents, siblings, partners, spouses, even friends. More often than not the person receiving care is a family or household member.”
Stallings said the workshop will cover what the Caregiver Support Program “can do and can’t do” for those who need financial and personal help providing care for a loved one. It will discuss the limited financial aid the program can provide caregivers in need of “respite, supplies or home modifications” such as those made to showers and how to apply for it. It will also cover the availability of community resources – such as adult daycare services – and how to find them.
Although the workshop will not be tailored to adults caring for same-sex domestic partners per se, Stallings said that she and her staff try to make these workshops as “customized and personal” for various groups as they possibly can. She also said that the “general 101” session will cover issues that all caregivers face, regardless of their relationship to the adult in their care.
“We’ll talk about a lot of the issues and challenges of caregiving as well as the rewards,” she said. “Caregiving is draining physically, emotionally and financially, and I think it’s one of the most difficult situations a family or household can face.”
For more information on the workshop contact Nancy Stallings at (801) 468-2880 or Jennifer Nuttall, Adult Program Director at the Utah Pride Center at (801) 539-8800 x13.