The Community Foundation of Western Nevada adopted the Caregiver Support Initiative, directed at the needs of family caregivers to senior citizens. Our initiatives process is centered on directly engaging stakeholders to get the most comprehensive view of the situation. The most important stakeholders are those directly affected by the situation, which, in this case, are family caregiver to seniors.
I was fortunate to recently interview several caregivers to seniors to learn about the challenges and opportunities they face in their daily lives. Tod Sherman, a Reno resident, and caregiver to his wife explained the greatest difficulty is that,
“There’s nothing out there that tells us what’s available or where to go, I felt that I was blazing my own trail throughout every process.”
The above quote illustrates one of the challenges our community’s caregivers face. However, we still need to learn more to best address the needs of caregivers to seniors. This is why I am inviting you to join us at a free community convening on Saturday, September 10 at Washoe County Senior Services. It is crucial that family caregivers can voice their concerns to service providers, elected officials, representatives of government agencies, opinion makers, and caring community members. At the convening, there will be table facilitators to ensure every participant has the opportunity to voice their concerns. Afterward, the entire room will summarize their table’s conversation and talk about the most pressing issue.
As we have seen with our Youth Network Initiative (You’N-I), there may be barriers or gaps in services that are unknown until everyone involved in the issue can engage in a dialogue. Gathering to listen to each other enables us to learn how to most effectively help caregivers to seniors and positively change our community. If you are a caregiver or know someone who is, we want to hear from YOU.
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