Caregiver Resource Center: Connect with Caring
If you’re caring for an aging or chronically ill loved one, you know the joys and the concerns…the blessings and the burdens. The Wilmington Senior Center provides a number of different programs that enable caregivers to connect with caring support in these circumstances.
First, the organization’s Caregiver Resource Center provides information, individual consultation, referral, and support group services for caregivers. One of two staffed Caregiver Resource Centers in New Castle County, the Center serves as a lending library for books and DVD’s, as well as other materials on caregiving. The Caregiver Resource Center is funded by the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities.
The Wilmington Senior Center also sponsors Caring Partners, a community initiative committed to helping caregivers preserve their own health and well-being, while preventing the stress and burden of caregiving. When caregivers are able to maintain a positive relationship with their loved ones, understand the nature of aging or illness, and develop coping strategies, caregiving becomes less stressful.
These services are especially useful for middle-aged caregivers who must balance family, work and caregiving responsibilities, because they tend to lack community resources. The Preparing for Caring program was developed for this age group to help them cope with the multiple demands in their lives. In addition to personalized support from the Caregiver Resource Center, a website www.caringpartnersde.org
LINK provides valuable caregiver information, and a network of organizations offers outreach, education and advocacy. For more information, contact:
PATRICIA ANDERSON-RICE, Director