November is National Caregivers Awareness Month, and the Louisiana Lifespan Respite Coalition is trying to help educate caregivers about the services and supports available to them by inviting churches, non-profits, patient organizations and anyone aiding caregivers to post their information at LouisianaAnswers.com before the end of October.
“The services a family caregiver provides are invaluable,” said Lifespan Respite Coalition founder, Kelly Viator with the ALS Association. “In fact, the value of what these people contribute is estimated at more than $5.7 billion annually. But sadly, they can’t do it alone and very few will ask for help.”
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, and who provide more than 600 million hours of care in a year, according to Viator.
To better coordinate resources, seminars and services, the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs is supporting the Lifespan Respite Coalition’s efforts by providing free web-listings at LouisianaAnswers.com.
To list your organization’s services, seminars and other supports for caregivers, whether serving the elderly, children or adults with special needs, go to LouisianaAnswers.com and “log in as a Provider” in the bottom left corner of the page.
For direct help with listings, email request@LouisianaAnswers.com. There is also a contact form at the website.
For general information, contact Tammy LeBlanc at (225) 219-0223.