Caregiver Advisory Services are provided to informal caregivers of adults who are age 60 or older or developmentally disabled and to grandparents and other kinship caregivers who are raising children under the age of 18. The purpose of the program is to inform caregivers of available services, to assist caregivers in accessing services, to provide emotional support through individual counseling and support groups, and to provide training and education to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their caregiving roles.
The Caregiver Advisor facilitates a Caregiver Support Group at the Macon County Health Department on the 4th Tuesday of every month from 10:00-11:00 am. The Caregiver Advisor facilitates a support group for kinship caregivers on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 1:00-2:00 pm. The Caregiver Advisor maintains information on other support groups in the area.
The Caregiver Advisor co-teaches Powerful Tools for Caregivers at least once annually. The six-week program is designed to provide caregivers with “tools” to care for themselves so they can better care for loved ones.
The Caregiver Advisor collaborates with community partners to offer Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well classes throughout the community. Stanford University developed this program to teach people with chronic health conditions and their caregivers skills to develop a healthier life style and manage symptoms of chronic illnesses.
Caregiver Advisory Services publishes a bi-monthly newsletter for caregivers and a quarterly newsletter for kinship caregivers.