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Caregivers have a way to get time off

Published 4:58pm Saturday, December 1, 2012

We want to make sure that caregivers are aware of our Respite Care Program.

At this busy time of year, as a caregiver you may need some extra free time for yourself. Respite care provides time off for caregivers who provide around the clock care for a loved one in their home. The caregiver most often is a spouse or another family member.

Providing care to a loved one at home can be a positive experience for the caregiver but focus also needs to be placed on allowing the caregiver a chance to take a temporary break from their duties.

Many times caregivers can be hesitant to ask for help. Making the connection and developing the relationship between the respite volunteer and the care receiver earlier, rather than later, can be a positive experience for all involved.

Respite volunteers provide the caregiver with a much needed break from care giving.

Volunteers go into the home and visit with the client. They may read books or newspapers together, listen to music or discuss current events. Activities depend on the clients capabilities and interests. The volunteer is a presence so that the care receiver is not alone and feels safe while the caregiver can take advantage of the free time they are given.

If this appeals to you and you are interested, please contact the Advocacy Office, Marianne at 433-3462 or Nancy at 433-8376.

You are always welcome at the Senior Center!

 Upcoming Events

Monday: Blood Pressure Checks, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Exercise With Evie, 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Silver Sneakers, 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Art Class, 1 p.m.; Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.; Zumba 4:05, 5:35,7:00pm

Wednesday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.; Stitching Bees, 1 p.m.; open chess, 1 p.m.

Thursday: Silver Sneakers 8:30 a.m.; Exercise with Evie, 9 a.m.; Cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge), 12:30 p.m.;

Silver Sneakers, 4:30 p.m.;

Zumba 4:05, 5:35,7 p.m.

Friday: Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; cards (Pinochle, Duplicate Bridge, Cribbage), 12:30 p.m.

 Weekly Card Results

Monday Bridge

Nov. 19, four tables

1st Ron Peters, 2nd Bud Higgins, 3rd JohnAllen, 4th Betty Jorgenson, 5th Jaynard Johnson

Tuesday Duplicate Bridge Nov. 20 four tables

1st Ray Schmidt, 1st Gail Schmidt; 2nd Ron Peters,

2nd Gene Muchow; 3rd Dick Hansen, 3rd Larry Crowe; 4th Jaynard Johnson, 4th John Allen

Tuesday “500”

Nov. 21, four tables

1st David Solomonson, 2nd Beulah Luthe, 3rd Betty Fisher, 4th Barb Dickman


David Solomonson

Friday Bridge


Weekly Cribbage

Nov. 21, 2.5 tables

1st John Allen, 2nd Barb Dickman, 3rd Loretta Nelson

Weekly “500”


 Semcac Daily Meals

Monday: Tator tot hotdish

Tuesday: Onion smothered steak

Wednesday: Ham balls. Alt: Ground beef pattie

Thursday: Baked chicken

Friday: Beef Pot Roast

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