Consortium to host series of caregiver resource expositions
April 01, 2013 10:50 AM

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — The Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance, Golden Living Center-Haida and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona will present the second annual Caregiver Resource Fairs to residents of the local communities this month and in the fall.

There will be a total of four expos.

Leah McAndrews, MSW and Alzheimer’s care director of Golden Living Center, and Francine Filkins, RN and rehabilitation liaison for HealthSouth, are chairwomen of the expos.

“We know all too well what families go through when they are trying to care for someone at home,” McAndrews said. “We are hoping that this event can link them to services to help them get some ideas and help.”

“When families are faced with a crisis, they are overwhelmed and don’t have the time to browse through the services available,” Filkins said. “We are hoping by bringing everything under one roof people will take advantage of the opportunity.”

The spring expos will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 9 at the St. Bernard Church hall in Hastings and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 10 at Hope Fire Hall in Northern Cambria. The two fall expos will take place in the Portage/Cresson area and in Ebensburg.

There will be door prizes and at grand prizes of home blood pressure monitoring devices.

Attendees can expect to visit with representatives from a variety of services from home care, hospice, day services, hospitals, transportation, rehabilitation, extended care, financial services, end of life planning and general services.

There will even be a representative who can talk to you about the difference between wills and trusts to protect one’s assets.

“We also want to hear from the caregivers. We need to know what is lacking so we can get those services to them as well,” McAndrews said.

The events are being sponsored by the Northern Cambria Area Business Alliance. It takes creative planning for future illness and crisis and ensuring that enough education is provided. The NCABA is hoping to bridge that gap for caregivers of all age groups.

The Caregiver Resource Fair is free to vendors and attendees. In lieu of a registration fee, all vendors are asked to bring a door prize.

For more information, email ncaba.notices@veri or call (814) 244-1159 for a registration form.

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