Faith-based Organizations Invited to Webinar on Feb. 27 Regarding Efforts to Help the Family Caregiver
Churches, pastors and leaders of faith-based organizations who are providing supports of any kind to those caring for children, adults with disabilities or older adults in their homes are invited to attend a free webinar/teleconference on Feb. 27, 10 to 11 a.m., sponsored by the Louisiana Lifespan Respite Coalition.
Participants may pre-register for a webinar “telespot” by reserving their seat at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/717073335, or participants may call in at (877) 336-1828, access code 5040791. Smart phones and/or computers with Windows 8 or Mac OS X 10.6 are required.
According to Lifespan Coalition Program Director Tammy LeBlanc, there are nearly one million adults who are the primary means of care and support for children, adults with disabilities or older adults in Louisiana. These caregivers in Louisiana provide more than 600 million hours of care in a year without much assistance or opportunities for rest or “respite”.
“Respite is a service that provides a much needed break for parents and caregivers of children with special needs, spouses, or an elderly parent. The Louisiana Lifespan Respite Coalition is a group of committed individuals and organizations working to make respite a reality for Louisiana families. Churches are a natural match for providing respite for family caregivers as they interact with families every week,” said Coalition Chair Kelly Viator, of ALS Association LA/MS Chapter.
More than one-third of all adults provide family caregiving to a loved one, even though they are not likely to talk about it or ask for help, said Ms. Viator. But clergy may hear that need expressed more than others. Ms. Viator said churches and faith-based organizations are needed in the conversation about how to build supports or find resources for those who assist adults and children with disabilities, illness or the impact of aging.
“What models for respite would work for a church or serve as a ministry that is doable and effective?” said Ms. Viator. “
The long-term viability of the coalition needs the input of our church communities.”
The Lifespan Respite Coalition hopes to take the first step in better coordinating resources and education, identifying service gaps, and improving access to services for those caring for children or adults with special needs. For more information about the faith-based event or on how faith-based groups can help, contact Tammy LeBlanc, (337) 352.1562.