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Governor Recognizes Family Caregivers in November

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 13, 2008  
Contact Information:  Emily B. Moses or Vikki Franklin
(502) 564-6786, ext. 4600 and 3429
 


Gov. Steve Beshear has designated November as Family Caregiver Month in Kentucky in recognition of the hundreds of thousands of people around the state who provide in-home care for family members who are ill, disabled and elderly.


The Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) estimates 520,000 Kentuckians provide more than 570 million hours of unpaid care for family members per year. The value of that care is estimated at roughly $5.4 million. In addition, more than 75,000 children in Kentucky live with their grandparents.


“Family caregivers deserve our utmost recognition, respect and support as they balance jobs, raising families and other daily responsibilities,” said Beshear. “They demonstrate extraordinary love, dedication, compassion and courage as they provide care for their loved ones.”


DAIL provides numerous services and supports for family caregivers, including links to services in local communities through the 15 Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living (AAA).

 
“We cannot say enough about the role our family caregivers play in ensuring their family members are able to stay in their own homes where they are comfortable and well cared for,” said CHFS Secretary Janie Miller. “Caregivers provide an invaluable service to their communities and our state.”


The National Family Caregiver Support Program serves family members caring for relatives older than 60 and grandparents and other older relatives caring for children younger than 18.


The AAAs also offer needs-based programs to caregivers in their service areas. This allows each region to focus resources on providing the programs and services caregivers need.


The Kentucky Statewide KinCare Steering Committee also helps grandparents and other relative caregivers identify unmet needs and access available services to help them better function as caregivers. The committee also acts as an advocate for relative caregivers and advises CHFS about the needs of grandparents and other relative caregivers and recommends ways to address those needs.


For more information about caregiver programs and services and supports, visit chfs.ky.gov/dail.

In recognition of Family Caregiver Month, several events have been planned across the state.

Finding and Monitoring Your Loved One’s Long Term Care will be presented at three sessions by the Barren River Long Term Care Ombudsmen and The Barren River Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living Family Caregiver Support Program:


Barren County
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18
The TJ Samson Educational Resource Center
922 Happy Valley Road
Glasgow

To register, contact The Barren River Family Caregiver Support Program at (270) 782-9223 or (800) 395-7654.

Allen County
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20
The Allen County Senior Center
 225 North Sixth St.
Scottsville
To register, contact The Barren River Family Caregiver Support Program at (270) 782-9223 or (800) 395-7654.

Butler County
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
Butler County Extension Office
113 E. GL Smith St.
Morgantown
To register, contact The Barren River Family Caregiver Support Program at (270) 782-9223 or (800) 395-7654.

Looking into the Future – Aging in Place Resource
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24
Pritchard Community Center
404 South Mulberry St.
Elizabethtown

A representative from the Department of Veteran Affairs will address care programs for veterans, spouses and families. For more information, call the Lincoln Trail Area Development District/Area Agency on Aging, (270) 769-2393 or (800) 264-0393.



 

Last Updated 11/13/2008