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Program offering break to caregivers

Nov 26, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Wyoming Senior Citizens Inc., through its National Family Caregiver Support Program, hopes to give more caregivers in Riverton a chance to rest.

The federal program is offered in nine Wyoming counties, including Fremont County.

Program manager Barbara Dorn said a staff member will set up a time with a caregiver to provide respite care to the patient, who can be elderly, chronically ill, disabled or in hospice. The patient usually is unable to perform at least two activities of daily living because of a mental or physical impairment.

The temporary caregiver can do light housekeeping, encourage patients to do activities or exercise, provide tips, training or other assistance, and give reminders of self-administered medications.

Dorn said this gives the primary caregiver time to run errands, meet with friends, do some shopping or simply relax.

There is no cost for the services, but contributions are accepted.

Those interested in receiving help from the private, non-profit agency can visit the office, 106 W. Adams Ave., Riverton, or call 856-6880.

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