Vermont Business Magazine Each November The NEK Council on Aging, The Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), and caregiver advocates across the country honor National Caregiver Month. It is a time to recognize and honor unpaid family caregivers across the country.
This year’s theme “#CaregiverAnd” is intended to celebrate the identities and passions that enrich the lives of family caregivers. An element of self-care is for caregivers to take time for their own interests and passions.
“The #CaregiverAnd theme focuses on the support and assistance that individual caregivers need to continue their demanding job, of selfless dedication to their family member, neighbor or friend,” said Meg Burmeister, Executive Director. “Every caregiver’s journey is different and we encourage every member of our community to recognize and engage in assisting caregivers when they can. You never know what someone may be going through.”
In addition to offering support for caregivers which includes one-on-one guidance, respite grants, monthly support groups, advocacy, and assistance from community partners, the Council is pleased to announce a new partnership with Trualta, an interactive e-learning platform to help manage care for aging adults at home. The service is free and is accessible over the internet.
Trualta, offers hundreds of evidence-based online lessons through video, audio, printable pages, tip sheets and interactive e-learning. Lesson subjects include, but are not limited to personal care, safety and injury prevention, grandparents raising grandchildren, dementia support, brain health, caregiver wellness, and music therapy for Alzheimer’s clients.
“Trualta allows caregivers 24/7 access to materials to learn about health issues, care techniques, and ideas for supporting their loved one confidently and privately at home,” said Karen Desrochers, Director of Client and Caregiver Support. “It is vital that caregivers feel included and valued and the materials provided by Trualta will hopefully provide skills to assist a loved one with everyday care activities.”
The NEK Council on Aging is the first organization in Vermont to partner with Trualta. Their service is easy to use for all ages, completely private, and no app is required. It can be used on any browser, computer, laptop, phone or tablet. Trualta will be making a presentation of their services at the Counsel’s Annual Meeting on Monday, November 29th at 2 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link can be acquired via the website www.nekcouncil.org.
“We are proud to partner with the NEK Council on Aging to help family caregivers feel confident and keep loved ones at home longer,” said Jonathan Davis, Founder and CEO, Trualta. “We partner with organizations to develop confident and competent family caregivers that can manage care at home. We focus on reducing caregiver burden while improving outcomes and reducing costs for our aging population.”
To access the online portal for Trualta, visit www.nekcoa.trualta.com
Source: St. Johnsbury, VT - NEK Council on Aging