Program to help family caregivers

ROARING SPRING – Nason Hospital Home Health Agency and the Pennsylvania Homecare Association have teamed up to offer a program to help families plan for caring for their elderly members.

The “Bringing Care Home” resource consists of an 11-minute documentary and a 76-page companion guidebook.

The guidebook includes lists of questions to ask when looking for a homecare agency or other long-term care provider and even a tool to help families calculate what type of care is needed and how much it will cost.

“It is a new program to reach out to the community so they plan ahead for home care needs, so they are aware of the services available and what their options are,” said Sharon Snider, director of Nason Hospital Home Health Agency.

The goal of this documentary was to be a conversation starter, said Jennifer Battista, PHA spokeswoman.

“We developed a companion guidebook that provides all of the resources, tools and tips families need to begin the conversation and determine the best care for their aging parents,” Battista said. “Our goal is to educate Pennsylvania families about the value of homecare and the myriad of resources that are available to people as they age.”

“Bringing Care Home” will be available at local events such as the Spring Dam Week in Roaring Spring, Fourth of July Celebration in Martinsburg and the Williamsburg Farm Show, Snider said.

The program can also be obtained by calling 224-2141 and asking for the agency or by calling PHA at 1-800-382-1211.