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Rural Caregiving
By Liza Berger, Staff Writer

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Still, of note is that one rural program for the elderly has not encountered cultural resistance. A PACE site in rural Kulpmont, Pennsylvania, has found that seniors are receptive to coming to its center, which provides recreational activities, as well as physical and occupational therapy, and a primary care clinic. Amy Minnich, director of the site, said that the program brings in seniors several days a week. “Typically, rural seniors are less likely to come and socialize,” she said. “But we bring people in three to five days a week.”

People in the community, who have learned about the site through word-of-mouth, have reacted positively to the program, which offers an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nutritionists, social workers and others, to cater to the participants, she noted.  “It’s a very feel-good program,” Minnich said. “We have families that are sharing the word... on what it’s done for their loved ones.”

Rural Caregiver Support

Fearless Caregiver conferences have been held across the nation since 1998 with nearly half of the events having been held in Florida. According to Barg, “We are taking the events into rural areas because as a rural caregiver, you have all the usual responsibilities and stresses of caregiving, compounded by issues of time, distance and terrain. You’re less likely to receive the help, support, attention, and respite that you need.” 

Caregiver.com has created a special information channel dedicated to rural caregivers. The channel includes articles, interviews and information specific to those caring for their loved ones in rural America. Visit the Rural Caregiver Channel

The following are a few rural support organizations from the Rural Assistance Center (www.raconline.org). See the Web site for more.

Caregiving Across the States (http://www.caregiver.org): Information on publicly funded caregiver support programs in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Eldercare Locator: A service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. It finds local agencies in every U.S. community that can help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services. The phone number is (800) 677-1116.

Rural CaregiversRuralcare.info is designed to help bridge the information gap and create a web support community for rural caregivers.  It also offers caregiver resources by state and region. 

 

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