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posted Aug 12, 2017, 6:11 AM by HAPC Huntsville   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 6:14 AM ]
"Caregivers are often the casualties the hidden victims.  No one sees the sacrifices they make."   Judith London.

According to the Rosalynn Carter Institute, there are four types of people in the world--caregivers, those who will be caregivers, those who have been caregivers and those who need a caregiver.  It is a subject that many don't wish to face even talk about, and that is why most people who suddenly find themselves caring for a relative are unprepared.  

There are challenges to face from the individual tasks of actual care for someone and making decisions for them medically, legally and financially to caring for themselves in a situation than can leave you overwhelmed, depressed and tired.

Within Alabama the family caregiver are the backbone of the long term health care workforce.  One third of those adults needing long term care depend upon family  and friends as their only source of help.  Family caregivers in Alabama provide 783 million hours of care with a value of $7.3 billion dollars.  The services provided by Alabama caregivers represents 80% of all in-home care for family members.  Yet they have little advocacy to help support them in their plight. The strain of the 24/7 caregiving responsibilities take a tremendous toll on the family caregivers physical, emotional and spiritual health.  

The question becomes where does the family care giver go for help and support?  Many look to their church for support, but unfortunately find the church unprepared to proved the spiritual support needed.  The church has not purposely forgotten caregivers…it just doesn't understand the need.  The Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care is providing an opportunity for church leaders and others to help understand the plight of the caregiver and how the church can support their plight.

“The Spiritual Care of Family Care Givers” will be presented by the HAPC School of Applied Ministry on Tues., Sept. 12, 6:00-8:30 (supper and registration at 5:30) at First Baptist Church, 600 Governor’s Dr. (Entrance 7). $35.00. CEU’s available for nurses and social workers. Presenters: Dr. Willie Brunetti and Dr. Elizabeth Hall. For more information or to register: or 256 883-6539.