Much of the time the role of caregiver falls on the shoulders of family members, but help is available. Carolyn Reed, the in-home care coordinator for the Bear River Agency on Aging, was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program and said more in-home caregivers are needed.
“Yes, we are estimating around 3,000 caregivers in Cache Valley that are not receiving any sort of professional services. They’re just trying to wing it on their own and that’s a very difficult task,” explained Reed.
The agency is located at the BRAG office at 170 North Main in downtown Logan and Reed said they have many resources and information available. They also have support groups including their main one that meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at Aquaworks which is located at Sunshine Terrace.
For those who are working during that time, a support group also meets the second and fourth Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Reed said those in need range from grandparents caring for young children. But most in the support groups are caring for an older one dealing with some form of dementia and/or dealing with a physical disability.
Reed said those interested in receiving assistance from the agency can call (435) 752-7242 and ask for the Aging Department or just walk in.