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The Social Services Department, Programs I, is made up of five Programs that relate to Human Services.

Each Program has lead staff and support staff that have Federal and Tribal regulations to follow.

Social Services

Program Purpose
Assists family caregivers in their expanding roles by providing program components that will ease family caregiver stress and increase coping.

Program Goals

  • Assist family caregivers to successfully meet the challenges of their caregiving role, while being supported in that role.
  • To deter institutionalization, when feasible, and promote continued care within the home and in alternative community settings for Elders for as long as possible or desirable by family caregivers.
  • Provide highest service levels possible.

 


What is a Caregiver? Are you a Caregiver?
In many cases, people do not consider themselves a caregiver. They say they are simply helping out their uncle by letting him live with them so he doesn't have to be alone and make sure he takes his medication. They go over to grandma's house to cook meals for her, clean up her house and do some laundry. There are Elders that have taken in their grandchildren or other relative child to raise them because the children are unable to live with their parents. This is exactly what a caregiver is. They are informal caregivers of family so that the care recipient (Elder or minor child) can stay in their home or stay out of a nursing/foster home by living with them.

For the purposes of the Native Caregiver Support Program, a caregiver is defined as one of the following...

  1. Family caregivers of disabled individuals (adult child) that are any age.
  2. Grandparent caregiver or older relative (55 years of age or older) that is the primary care provider for a child related by blood, marriage, adoption, legal custody or informal relationship.
  3. Adult family members or other individual who is a provider of in-home and community care to an Elder to assist in activities of daily living.

If you meet one of these categories, contact Angela to find out what kind of services are available to you as a Caregiver.

Annual Native Caring Conference
7TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
When: March 28th - 29th, 2012
Where: Wildhorse Casino & Resort, Pendleton, Oregon
Host Tribe: Umatilla Indians

WILL POST MORE INFORMATION SOON!

Four Tribes (Siletz, Warm Springs, Coquille and Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw) out of the Nine Tribes in Oregon got together in October 2004 for a meet and greet with the State of Oregon Department of Human Services Tribal Liaison to see how they could all best serve the Native Caregivers of Oregon. From this meeting the 1st conference "Native Caring... A conference to learn, connect and share" was born. The committee planned for the first conference to be held in February 2005.

With the success of the first conference, it became clear that this needed to be an annual event. Caregivers found it helpful not only to hear the speakers, but meet caregivers from across the State that shared some of the same fears and situations they had themselves.

The goal of the committee is to have as many knowledgeable and dynamic Native presenters as possible for the conference each year. Each year the conference grows in attendees as well as the sessions offered. This is the only conference in Oregon held for NATIVE caregivers, planned by Tribal Elders Title VI Programs with the State of Oregon. Attendees from Washington, Idaho and California have come to the conference as well. Not only does the conference provide the Caregiver with knowledge it also gives the Caregiver time for much needed respite, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Respite Care
One of the major afflictions that caregivers face is BURNOUT! In order to assist caregivers to maintain their own personal health; physical and emotional, the Program offers respite care for caregivers of frail elders. The respite time is time for the primary caregiver to attend meetings, appointments, personal errands and to take a break in their caregiver role.

Grandparents that are need of Respite care from caring for their minor grandchildren are referred to their local public Respite services program. Current federal regulations do allow the Title VI Program to provide respite care to Grandparent Caregivers.

Support Groups
Do you need to find a local support group in your area? There are so many support groups available in all areas, the Elders Program can assist you in locating one that suites you.!

The current active Tribal support group, TILLICUM (All the People) SUPPORT GROUP, is a cancer support group. It is open to everyone (Tribal and non-Tribal); cancer patients, cancer survivors, caregivers, family and friends. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Siletz. Contact your local office to request transport to attend the meeting.

Training
Are you in need of training in your caregiver duties? How to lift someone correctly, first aid, CPR, or any other classes that will assist you in your role as a caregiver, contact the Elders Program to discuss what your needs are.

Lending Closet
Do you need some items for short-term use that would assist you in taking care of your loved one? Contact the Program to discuss your needs and we will see what is in our closet to loan to you.

We also have some books, audio tapes and videos on caregiving that can be loaned out. Stop in and see what we have!