Michelle Venegas, LCSW
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Family Caregiver Alliance and the Pat Summitt Foundation Announce New Video Resource for Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregivers on Home Safety
San Francisco, CA. Nov. 26, 2013 - "He was always wandering away. I couldn't do anything to stop it!"
"Once she almost set the house on fire. She just left the stove on and walked away."
These are the emotionally charged words that draw viewers into the world of family caregiving in the opening scenes of Safe at Home, A Caregiver's Guide. The educational DVD―produced by Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) through a $25,000 grant from the Pat Summitt Foundation―offers caregivers of those with dementia simple, inexpensive options for making basic home modifications to help address problematic behavior when providing care at home.
The video chapters focus on specific areas of the home (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, hallways and stairways), and how to make those areas safer. The final segment highlights general home safety rules. Safe at Home, A Caregiver's Guide is intended for families caring for loved ones in the middle and advanced stages of dementia.
The content in Safe at Home sets itself apart from other educational videos, having been filmed in the homes of actual caregivers with their loved ones. The material is engaging, practical and timely, considering 43.5 million adult family caregivers care for someone 50+ years of age, with 14.9 million caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
Safe at Home Online Availability / DVD Ordering
The entire video is now available for viewing on the YouTube channels of both FCA and The Pat Summitt Foundation and on their website www.patsummitt.org. For those who do not have online access or prefer a hard copy of the full DVD, they may be ordered for $10 each by calling FCA at (800) 445-8106, emailing your request to email@example.com,or mailing your request and check to them at 785 Market St., Suite 750, San Francisco, CA 94103.
"We are pleased that the Family Caregiver Alliance undertook this project and that the Pat Summitt Foundation could provide the grant funding to complete it and help the millions of patients, caregivers and families with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia," said Foundation Director Patrick Wade. "It is especially appropriate that we can announce this new resource now as November is National Caregivers Month and we congratulate Family Caregiver Alliance on their excellent work as a grant partner."
About Family Caregiver Alliance
Family Caregiver Alliance has been improving the lives of family caregivers for over 35 years. Their information resources, education services and advocacy efforts have long made them a leader in the area of caregiver support, helping to sustain the important work of families nationwide who are caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. To learn more about FCA visit their website at www.caregiver.org.
About The Pat Summitt Foundation
The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, was established by Pat Summitt, Head Coach Emeritus of the University of Tennessee Knoxville Women's Basketball with her son Tyler in November 2011, shortly after her diagnosis of Early Onset Dementia, Alzheimer's type. Dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer's disease, its mission as a grant-making foundation is to advance research for prevention and a cure; to provide hope, care, and critical support for patients, caregivers and families; and to educate the public on the impacts of Alzheimer's disease and the urgent need for a cure. Pat Summitt, her family and friends have chosen East Tennessee Foundation to receive and manage contributions to Pat's fund, and to facilitate their grant making in support of the mission. To learn more, visit the website at www.patsummitt.org; like us on Facebook.com/patsummittfoundation; follow on Twitter: @webackpat.
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