'Caring for the Caregiver' event set for June 5
Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:15 am

POTSDAM -- Caring for the Caregiver, a resource event for those providing care for a friend or loved one, is scheduled for June 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hospice Center.

Recognizing a need for education and resources for this important group of people, Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley and the St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging teamed up to put together this great event.

“Many times caregivers don’t see simple acts such as providing transportation to appointments, helping to manage medications, meal preparation or checking in on a friend, neighbor or loved one as caregiving” said Mary Jones, Director of Family Support Services for Hospice.

There are 18 vendors lined up to participate in the event.

Resources offered will include a free self- health assessment tool to ensure that caregivers are being attentive to their own health so that they are able to continue their important work.

There will be free health screenings provided by area hospitals and each caregiver will receive a free resource manual. Door prizes will be raffled.

“The reality is, they are taking time out of their own life to make sure that their loved one is safe; that’s caregiving. We know this is an extremely important role, but understand that it can cause difficulty in other aspects of life for the caregiver. They are not alone in providing care, there are great support groups and countless resources throughout St. Lawrence County who are ready to help” she said.

Info: Nancy Vosbrink at 265-3105.