Last May I wrote a post on a program offering free counseling to caregivers living in King County, Washington. It provided up to six hours of in-home one-on-one counseling for unpaid caregivers of senior adults. That included adult children, spouses and friends.
The program was understandably popular. At the start of the new year, though, I wondered, “In view of the many budget cuts, will the program continue?” The answer is “Yes!”
It’s funded by Seattle-King County Aging and Disability Services, and sponsored by Evergreen Health. According to Karin E. Taifour, of the Geriatric Regional Assessment Team, there is currently little or no waiting list.
Perhaps you might qualify. Do you provide transportation for your aging parent? Do you do laundry, run errands, or clean house, so your parent can maintain independence? Do you monitor your parents long-distance, making sure they’re safe?