The community is invited to a free caregiver information session, 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center.
Research has shown that 1 in 6 Lompoc adults are caregivers, which includes tasks such as helping an elder with housecleaning, shopping, making meals, running errands, providing rides to appointments, paperwork, or personal care. Some provide care in the home and others provide care for independent seniors, as well.
The caregiver information session includes education regarding caregiving, resources, a complimentary light meal, wellness activity, raffles and giveaways.
Respite care will be provided for those in need of it so their caregivers can participate in the program.
Community Partners in Caring will offer door-through-door transportation for anyone needing a ride to and from the event. To arrange for transportation, call 805-925-8000.
“We want those who care for loved ones, neighbors, relatives, or friends to understand they are not alone on this caregiving journey,” said Ashley Costa, event co-coordinator and executive director of the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization. “There is a network of agencies here for support.
“We hope caregivers will attend this event so they can be appreciated for the sacrifices they make, and take care of their needs as well. Tending to one’s own needs is key to being able to continue caring for others.”
The event is part of the Lompoc Hospital District Foundation Community Education Lecture Series, and is put on by Superior Home Health, Hospice and Senior Services, the city of Lompoc and its Lompoc Parks and Recreation Division, Healthy Lompoc Coalition, Coast Caregiver Resource Center, Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Family Service Agency, Alzheimer’s Association, Community Partners in Caring, and Caring Together Santa Barbara County.