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Caring for a relative can be a stressful and time-consuming responsibility and on Wednesday, the Area Agency on Aging put together a luncheon at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center for local caregivers taking on the task of taking care of their loved one.
"This luncheon is for those caregivers that aren't getting paid who are taking care of family, friends, neighbors, who are just doing it because," explained Laurel DuBeck, RN, of the Area Agency on Aging. "We can't give them what they need which is free services. So the next best thing we can do is give them a couple hours away from the stresses of care giving where we concentrate solely on them."
Caregivers were given massages and door prizes. DuBeck says instead of putting an ill relative in hospice, often times families opt for taking on the responsibility themselves while working full-time.
"We're not the nuclear families that we used to be and so many families now get married and move away and maybe its up to one of the children to take care of mom and dad all the time and it's tough. Very few people say 'hey, put me in a nursing home when I get old, that's where I want to be.' So most families do want to keep their loved ones home as long as possible."
DuBeck says the luncheon is a small token of appreciation for taking a burden off "an already over-burdened resource system."