October, 2016 –Through Guiding Pathways, a respite program for those with memory loss designed by the Wood County Committee on Aging and Interim Healthcare provided evidence of the need for caregiver training and support for the Bowling Green community. Research demonstrates that “More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.” (Caregiving in the United States; National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009) In most scenarios these caregiving roles are provided to community members by individuals who have no formal training. It was through these discoveries that the CARE Compass project evolved.
The CARE Compass project will serve as a quarterly network gathering for caregivers. CARE Compass is place to gather together and obtain resources to make the journey of caregiving less stressful. The first session will focus on getting to know caregivers in the community, learning about the tools/skills necessary to be a caregiver, sharing best practices, gaining useful resources and contact information, and making beneficial connections between those that may share the journey of caregiving today or in the future.
Danielle Brogley, Director of Programs with the Wood County Committee on Aging, shared: “Caregiving is a role that all of us will experience at some phase in our lives. It is our mission to create a supportive framework to educate, guide, connect and support our community members on the best practices of caregiving in order to provide a successful experience for all.”
The first session will be held on October 26th at First Christian Church, 875 Haskins Road, Bowling Green, from 11am-1pm. It is free and open to all caregivers but requires pre-registration by calling 1-800-367-4935, 419-353-5661 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wanting to learn about caregiving are welcome and those who are currently caregiving are encouraged to bring their care recipients. On site respite care and lunch will be provided by Brookdale of Bowling Green.
The CARE Compass Project is brought to the community by: Brookdale of Bowling Green, Interim Healthcare, Wood County Committee on Aging, BGSU Optimal Aging Institute and Wood County Hospital.
Caregivers are also encouraged to join the Facebook Community: facebook.com/WoodCountyCareGiverCircle for an ongoing support community.