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LSS of MN Coaching and Counseling Provides Essential Support to Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregiver Month



As Minnesota’s aging and disabled population continues to climb, the role of family caregiver is essential to ensuring that the physical and emotional needs of older adults are met every day. Right now, caregivers make up nearly a quarter of our population and devote an average of 20 hours per week to their caregiving duties, according to The National Alliance for Caregiving.

November is National Caregiver Month, a time to give thanks and appreciation to caregivers who provide quality care for their aging or chronically ill loved ones. Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) Caregiver Services is recognizing the companionship and help caregivers can provide while ensuring thousands of family caregivers have access to support and resources to pay attention to their own needs and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. 

“Caring for aging family members and loved ones can be stressful at times, both physically and emotionally,” said Tara Giese, senior program manager for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “Often, caregivers need time off and support from people who understand. Our goal is to provide support and help to care for the caregiver and prevent the burnout that can happen so that older adults remain as healthy and safe as possible.” 

LSS offers support groups as a safe place for caregivers to discuss their experiences. The support groups also provide caregivers with training and education. Along with information and resources, many caregivers need time to rest and recharge. LSS trains volunteers to provide caregivers a much-needed break by visiting older adults in their homes a few hours each week. Visit http://www.lssmn.org/respite/for more information about LSS’ short-term, non-medical respite services.

For additional support, family caregivers can access personalized caregiver coaching and counseling. Certified caregiver coaches assist families in developing coping skills, managing stress and planning for the future. The classes and workshops also equip family caregivers with knowledge and tools to take care of their own personal needs and enrich their role as caregivers. For information or to schedule caregiver coaching and counseling, please visit http://www.lssmn.org/oa/caregiver/coaching/

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,300 employees and 8,000 volunteers, LSS helps one in 65 Minnesotans through services that inspire hope, change lives, and build community. Statewide, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults. For comprehensive information about the work of LSS, visit www.lssmn.org.