Here’s how to find your way when you’re an instant caregiver for an aging parent, spouse, or child
Caregiving is a labor of love, but it can take a toll, whether it's for an aging parent, spouse, or child. Often no one tells you when you're a caregiver how to manage this crucial role in a loved one's life.
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation gives $50,000 to aid local caregivers
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A grant given by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation Vital Seniors Initiative will provide area Washtenaw County caregivers a bit of time to care for themselves. The $50,000 grant was awarded to the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and allows it to further help individuals who are taking care of friends, family and community members with dementia. The 6-bed licensed home in Ypsilanti serves individuals with dementia or who have a mild cognitive impairment diagnosis. While families of those with dementia will work with Memory Lane to establish admission, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B will pay for the care and service. Read: New program aims to connect Washtenaw County caregivers to individualized support
Ann Arbor area caregiver recognized with Midwest Caregiver of The Year award
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Tyja Owens had no idea that there was a BrightStar Care Midwest Caregiver of The Year Award, let alone that she was receiving it. On Aug. 20, Owens was surprised with the honor by family members and BrightStar Care Ann Arbor owners in the home healthcare and medical staffing agencys Ann Arbor office. I wasnt even aware that there was an award, Owens said over the phone. Tyja Owens (middle) with BrightStar Care Ann Arbor owners Sarah and Kelvyn Williams. The BrightStar Care award demonstrates just that.
New program aims to connect Washtenaw County caregivers to individualized support
WASHTENAW COUNTY, Mich. A nonprofit organization in Michigan wants caregivers in Washtenaw County to get the coaching and support that they need. Offered by Area Agency on Aging 1-B, the free Caregiver Coaching program aims to help new and experienced caregivers by providing coaching, a listening ear and vetted referrals and resources. People just look at themselves as oh Im just helping my mom, said Amy Smyth, the caregiver coordinator for Caregiver Coaching at AAA 1-B. Many resources, like support groups, happen during working hours but caregivers experience questions or crises outside those set times. Smyth said, based on Census data, there are around 58,000 family and informal caregivers in Washtenaw County; however, not everyone identifies as a caregiver, which makes it difficult for them to find support resources.