Respite services available for caregivers of loved ones with dementia-related illness

More than 1,500 individuals in Cache Valley are living with a dementia-related illness, and there are many other individuals who struggle with the stress of caregiving each day, often for many years. Some help for these caregivers will be available at an event that will take place on Thursday, April 20, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Cache County Building, located at 179 N. Main Street in Logan. The Caregiver R and RX: Caring for the Caregiver Conference will be hosted by the Cache County Caregiver Coalition. Spokesperson Amy Anderson was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program on Monday to preview the event.

When a telephone caller asked her if help is available to relieve a caregiver for a while, Anderson’s answer was, “Absolutely!”

“It is a service that many of, for example, the assisted living or the memory care units here offer,” she said. “They do offer short term respite care. It could be an afternoon, it could be a couple of days, or you could have your loved one come and stay. I know Sunshine Terrace does that. I know a lot of the other assisted livings do that as well.”

Anderson said there are also services available where families pay for a caregiver from a local agency to come to their homes for respite care, whether it’s for an hour, a half day, a day or even a longer period of time. More information about the Caregiver Coalition and/or the upcoming conference is available at 435-754-0233.

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