November is Family Caregiving Month — Your Local Red Cross Has Resources

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Caring for a parent, spouse or friend in a home setting-ensuring a safe environment and providing even the most basic care-can be overwhelming. The Family Caregiving program at your local American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids aims to extend a helping hand and foster a network of support for those in our community who find themselves in what can be a challenging but very necessary position.

November is Family Caregiving Month and a wonderful time for the more than 22 million caregivers in the United States to take advantage of this valuable Red Cross resource.

“We are very excited to bring this very important resource to our community,” said Tomme Maier, Director of Preparedness and Prevention Education at your local Red Cross. “With this training, caregivers will get the confidence and knowledge to provide better care and gain understanding of key issues. We also work with the Caregivers Resource Network to highlight key issues and resources to our caregiving community.”

The American Red Cross Family Caregiving program consists of nine modules:

  • Assisting with Personal Care
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • Positioning and Helping Your Loved One Move
  • Family Caregiving: General Caregiving Skills
  • Family Caregiving: Home Safety
  • Healthy Eating
  • Caring for Loved One with HIV/AIDS
  • Caring for Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
  • Legal and Financial Resources

“Taking in to account that more than 60 percent of caregivers work outside of the home, each area is covered in one-hour presentations that offer not only an opportunity to gain some valuable information, but an environment of support and fellowship,” says Maier.

For more information on Family Caregiving, Lifeline or Transportation Services, go to www.ggr.redcross.org or call us at 616-456-8661.

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