Family caregiving for seniors

posted Nov 7, 2016, 11:15 AM by Mary Peck

November is National Family Caregivers Month  to honor family caregivers for their hard work, compassion and tireless efforts in caring for their loved ones.

While many caregivers live with the person for whom they provide care, many more do not live with the care receiver. Those who do not live with the care receiver often do not even realize they fit the definition of a caregiver. Duties of a caregiver range from running errands, writing checks and providing transportation to the doctor’s office to living with the person and providing constant help with activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, transferring and/or toileting.

Experts fear that caregivers who never take a break from their duties will experience “caregiver burnout.” Some caregivers may feel guilty for needing to take a break. However, without an occasional break, caregivers may become overwhelmed and the quality of care they provide could decline.

One program designed to alleviate this problem and provide caregivers with a break is the South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) Caregiver Program. This program provides vouchers to qualified caregivers so they can hire someone while they take a break. For more information on this program, contact Ada Vanderford, SWODA information and assistant, at 800-627-4882, ext. 127.

These services are funded in part by state and Older Americans Act funds from SWODA AAA and DHS Aging Services

It is policy of SWODA AAA to serve all individuals who are eligible for its programs without regard of race, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, gender, age or disability.

SWODA is one of 11 Councils of Government in the state. SWODA’s region of service includes municipalities, counties and conservation districts in Beckham, Custer, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa, Roger Mills and Washita counties. 

SWODA was created to strengthen the economic and social development of the region through various specialized services such as the following: 911 Administration, Aging Services, Community and Economic Development