Our purpose is to provide a comprehensive referral and service system for families / individuals who are caregivers to elders who are chronically ill or who have a life-altering physical, mental, or developmental disability, and grandparents providing care to a grandchild. Services available include:
- Assistance to caregivers in gaining services
- Caregiver training
- Information about services
- Respite services to compliment care provided by caregivers
- Support groups
Eligible persons include:
- Adult family members or another individual caring for frail older persons 55 years old or older who have at least two assisted daily living needs
- Caregiver for a child 19 years old and younger with a severe developmental disability or handicap
- Grandparents 55 years old or older who are primary caregivers residing with a child 18 years old or younger and have a legal relationship with the child or are raising the child
Eligible person must be a resident of Ottawa County and be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe with a valid Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card.
Respite care provides the caregiver with time off from their care giving duties. The caregiver chooses his/her own respite worker and determines the rate of pay and number of hours worked per respite worker. Respite can range from a few hours a day to a week or more. When respite takes place, the length of time depends on the needs of the family and the available resources. It is usually planned; however, emergency care is sometimes needed.
The Caregiver Spring Conference was held on March 14, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Miami, OK. Click here to see photos from the event.