Joe is a quadriplegic
Lynn suffers from late-stage cardiovascular dementia
Neal has Louie Body Syndrome
NONE of these people have Long-term Care Insurance and ALL need round the clock care. The burden of caring for these individuals falls on their loved-ones, just as it does for the nearly 70 percent of families with aging relatives who can’t afford care insurance and have too much income to apply for Medicaid.
THEIR FAMILIES ARE IN CRISIS.
Caring for a loved one who is ill or disabled is mentally and physically exhausting without practical help and emotional support.
If you pause and think for just a moment, you’ll probably realize that you know someone – a friend or a relative – who is the sole care-giver for an ailing spouse or a parent. Though they may not say so, if you look deep into their eyes, you’ll recognize the pain they’re enduring; you’ll see that their burden is wearing them out; and you’ll realize that they are in desperate need of help. Knowing these things is likely to melt your heart. You’ll wish you could help, but you may fear that you lack the resources of skill or time.
THERE IS A WAY YOU CAN HELP.
Through Sonoma Coast Trauma Treatment’s GoFundMe initiative, you can help your friend, or your relative with a simple donation.
Sonoma Coast Trauma Treatment (SCTT) has been helping families like these for more than a decade. Our community-centered program provides encouragement, support, training, and financial aid to lighten the load for family caregivers of veterans, first responders and ailing seniors.
SCTT operates with the absolute minimum of infrastructure to ensure that the maximum funds reach those in need. Family caregivers or family members may apply for a grant through SCTT’s Application for Funds process. SCTT will establish the level of need, based on a review of all information provided, before funds are extended.
Donations of as little as $40 a month will directly help family caregivers navigate the extraordinarily difficult realities of caring for their loved ones. These examples show how donations can be used to help a family in need:
· The family needs and selects a caregiver for 1 hour $40.00
· The family needs and selects a caregiver for a minimum of 4 hours a week $160.00
· The family needs and selects a caregiver for 16 hours per month $640.00
$40 a week – the price of a modest meal – given over the course of a year will provide one deserving family with a caregiver for more than 3 months.
$160 a month – the monthly fee of a basic cable TV subscription – will provide nearly 50 hours of professional caregiving to give a family some much-needed respite.
While it may seem obvious, the more you can give the more people we can help. One way to manage larger amounts would be to set up a recurring, or monthly, donation. Whatever you’re able to give, SCTT will put your donation to good use.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE MANY WAYS SCTT WILL PUT YOUR DONATION TO WORK:
· Vetting caregivers
· Caregiver Coaching/Mentoring
· Caregiver Team Protocols and Training
· Facilitator Training for Support Group Leaders
· On-Site Caregiving Evaluations
· Local Resources
The Survivor’s Guide to Life podcast – SCTT sponsors a weekly broadcast that discusses the many facets of adversity and provides practical answers and examples of ways to cope and even grow from these challenges. www.thesurvivorsguidetolife.com