With more than 85 percent of care for older adults accomplished by informal family care givers according to national statistics, Elder Options Inc. serving clients throughout the Sacramento region, began researching how families were dealing with these issues in local communities.
In looking for participants, a list of invitees was developed from the Parkinson’s Support Group held monthly in El Dorado Hills, the monthly Alzheimer’s Support Group held in Placerville, community members and former and current individuals providing care for older family members and/or friends.
The individuals on the list were invited to attend a Community Focus Group luncheon in November.
Facilitators Carol S. Heape and Alice Rush, Elder Options’ staff asked for brainstorming centering around six topics pertinent to the issues of providing care for older adults.
The results were presented and prioritized by the group in order of importance. The focus group participants wanted to share the results of the meeting with stakeholders in the community as well as policy makers as a tool to help educate the community-at-large about the issues discussed. The group produced a white paper with the results of the November Focus Group.
For more information about the report or the process contact Carol Heape at elderoptionsca.com or 530-626-6939 or 916-391-8083.
The group requested to meet again as an Action Focus Group to begin addressing the issues facing care givers in the community.