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Caregiver Minutes 11-18-13

November 18, 2013
Caregiver support group, Healthy Aging Task Force

Present: Mary Beth Daniels, Inez Janger, Ellen McCabe, Roberta Raimon, Beth Toomey, Terre Young.

Meeting for our first time, we worked together to identify caregivers, who they care for, caretakers what their needs are or might be and what a caretaker is compared to a caregiver.

Caregivers                      For:                    Needs:
Wife                            Parent                  continuing education
husband                         Child (disabeled)       counsel
child                           Spouse                  financial advice or dollars
agency                          agency                  respite
relative                        family member   transportation
off island family member        friend/neighbor assessment plan for     continuing best care            
                                help with transition from home to facility
                                                        `COA or agency connections
                                Group support meetings

We agreed that a caretaker is one who is employed for caregiving or a volunteer-either can be  from an agency, or community congregation, or privately paid.

We will look at off island agencies and groups, island agencies, and groups, collect any materials and information, and come together in the Hospice of MV office on January 21, 2014, 1:30 pm.

Just before leaving we agreed (for now) on this mission statement:

The mission of caregivers support committee: building island capacity and integration to support caregiving.

Please think on this mission statement and bring any suggestions for change to the next meeting.

Respectfully submitted,    Terre D. Young

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