Raising Awareness And Assistance For Unpaid Caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month and the Department of Human Services wwants to acknowledge those who are family caregivers and remind them about some excellent resources in Oregon that can help.

In Oregon, it is estimated there are about 360,000 unpaid family caregivers. This includes those who are caring for a parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, child, friend or those grandparents who are raising young children.

Around the country, there are over 65 million family caregivers providing support to a loved one, and that translates to approximately 450 billion dollars annually in unpaid care.

Family caregivers assist seniors and people with disabilities to help improve their quality of life. Their efforts help deliver comfort and security and help individuals stay in their homes and communities as long as possible. This is often done while caregivers balance other commitments to their families, jobs and communities.

As these individuals put their own lives on hold to tend to their family members, Oregon’s Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection is here to help ensure that caregivers do not have to do it alone.

Oregon’s ADRC is a “one-stop shop” for older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers and families to get the information and services as their health and long-term care needs change. It provides resources, options counseling services and connections to help caregivers and their family members find local community resources that can help.

For more information on the ADRC go to www.adrcoforegon.org. or call 1-855-ORE-ADRC.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 and is filed under Local News, Public Service Announcements.