Caregiver Connections strives to provide socialization and stimulation for older adults with mild to advanced limitations while providing a break for their caregivers by offering group and one-on-one assistance outside of the home for the older adults receiving care. This is no longer an option for the foreseeable future. The older adults we serve are some of the most vulnerable, which places extra responsibility and burden on their caregivers along with increased isolation. Caregivers are providing 24/7 care without any outside assistance or the ability to even go out to the store. They need our support more than ever. We are working to change how we deliver our programs and services by offering a virtual version of our Senior Spot program, putting together "activity bags" for caregivers and their loved ones, delivering food and other supplies, providing a virtual support group, and compiling care packages for caregivers. We also are matching our volunteers to older adults for virtual one-on-one activities. To make these services accessible, we also are purchasing tablets and loading them with software and applications to help caregivers and their loved ones stay connected and have access to activities. Please support caregivers with your donation.
In our efforts to provide respite care to family caregivers, we offer the following programs:
The Senior Spot: Virtual senior day program three afternoons per week that engage older adults with moderate to advanced limitations in games, exercise, trivia, music and discussions while providing their caregivers a break to take care of things they need to tend to and/or take care of themselves.
Activity Buddies: Volunteers engage older adults with mild to moderate limitations in enjoyable activities and experiences while their caregiver has some respite time for themselves.
Care Consultation: We provide individualized, expert care planning, problem solving, referral and resources for individuals as they navigate their role as a caregiver.
Caregiver Support: We offer a support group (now virtually) of caregivers of older adults with dementia in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association and Eagle County Healthy Aging as well as a general caregiver support group once a month.
Jim (participant): I always look forward to coming to Senior Spot and seeing my friends and doing activities.
Wendy (caregiver): I thought I was prepared to be a caregiver until I became one. There was and still is so much I don't know. Caregiver Connections is a lifeline for me.
Rick (participant): I especially enjoy bringing something for "Show and Tell" at Senior Spot so I can tell stories about some of the places I have seen.
Mary (caregiver): I love that Caregiver Connections feels so much like a family.
To connect family caregivers of older adults to resources and respite that will empower them to be the best caregivers they can be.