In recognition of the Sheridan Senior Center's 40 years of serving the community, Sheridan Media has been spotlighting the center's services in recent weeks.
Among those is the center's programs for family caregivers. Family Caregiver Services Director Stella Montano talks about who these people are and why they don't always recognize themselves as caregivers.
Her program is designed to give support and help to people who are caring for chronically ill, disabled or aging family members. She says the first thing caregivers should do is take care of themselves, because they cannot adequately care for a spouse, parent or child if they themselves are tired or sick.
Her program provides two caregiver support group meetings every week. Both are on Mondays, one at 10 in the morning, and the other at 5:30 in the afternoon. She says nearly all of the other programs offered through the senior center provide help for caregivers. That includes Day Break Adult Day Care, mini-bus public transportation and meals, both at the senior center and delivered to the person's home.
The senior center's Loan Closet is a source of medical and adaptive equipment that can make the caregiver's and the recipient's lives easier.
A small library of reference books and brochures is available with information to help caregivers take care of themselves and their family members. Experienced respite care workers can be made available so that the caregiver can take time for shopping or just a day out – and the senior center also schedules outings and activities just for caregivers.
Anyone who wants more information about family caregiver services can call the senior center. The number is 672-2240, or 675-1978.