East Central Resource Center offers valuable help

Dear Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Jayne Mund, Caregiver Consultant from the East Central Senior Resource Center for the service she has provided me and my family over the past year.

The East Central Senior Resource Center is one of the many non-profit organizational gems in Cambridge area and I had the opportunity to meet Jayne last year when I attended the 6-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop. This workshop is designed to provide support for the caregiver through teaching skills in family communication, identifying and reducing stress and preparing for caregiving decisions all while taking care of your own self and daily commitments.

With cutbacks in federal spending for professional nursing care, more and more families are stepping up and learning to provide care for their loved ones so that they can stay independent as long as possible. Because each caregiver has a different experience and challenge, the East Central Senior Resource Center personalizes their service offerings to meet the caregiver’s individual needs. Whenever I’ve asked Jayne for help finding information, she’s gotten back to me in just a few hours.  This has helped immensely.

Starting April 18, 2012, Jayne will be facilitating a monthly Caregiver Support Group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cambridge City Hall, Conference Room 1. This support group focuses on the caregiver, offering mutual support, resources and education. Sometimes my challenges are small in comparison to others, but I still need information to provide a high level of care. If you are interested in learning more about the services of the East Central Senior Resource Center or joining the support group, Jayne can be reached at her office at 763-552-3255 or online at jayne.mund@ecrdc.org.

If you’re a new caregiver and feeling a bit lost in how to manage it all, I encourage you to contact the East Central Senior Resource Center today.  Caring for a loved one is an honor and there are people like Jayne right here in our community to help you with the transition.

Marie E. Arriaga, Isanti

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