‘Empowering the Caregiver’ to Offer Stress Relief, Community Resources

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Colonial HeritageColonial Heritage Community Foundation is hosting a free expo on “Empowering the Caregiver” for people responsible for taking care of elderly, sick or disabled loved ones.

CHCF was founded seven years ago and is dedicated
“making a positive difference in the lives of senior members of Greater Williamsburg,” according to a recent news release.

The health and well-being of the caregiver is often overlooked in the face of the more pressing and apparent needs of the loved one they are caring for, but these factors are crucial if the caregiver is to maintain a high quality of care over the long term.

“The caregiver doesn’t always have a support system for taking care of their own physical and emotional well being,” said Angela Cingale, co-founder of the event. “They work tirelessly and we wanted to do something for them.”

James Rothrock, commissioner of the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services, will be the keynote speaker at the expo, drawing on his more than 40 years in advocacy services in his comments.

Violet Peyton of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will also be on site to explain how to take advantage of tax credits available to caregivers who need to install equipment to allow their loved ones to remain functional in the home.

The expo will include numerous other interactive programs, stress-relieving activities, educational opportunities, informative presentations and exhibits on resources available to caretakers in the community.

Faith in Action and ComfortKeepers are partnering up with CHCF to provide in-home respite care for caregivers who need someone to look after their loved ones while they attend the expo.

“It’s very hard to be a caregiver, so we’re giving them to tools to make it easier,” Cingale said. “If you have a strong caregiver, you have a strong family.”

This expo will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Colonial Heritage ballroom. Attendees must register by Nov. 1 and can click here to do so.