Health
Thursday, June 27, 2002
New Resource Center at CHEER helps caregivers

CHEER Community Center, located on Sand Hill Road, east of Georgetown, is one of the designated Caregiver Resource Centers in a new state program — CARE Delaware — Caregiver Assistance, Respite and Education, sponsored by the Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Services for Aging and Adults With Physical Disabilities. The resource center provides helpful information about caregiving, refers caregivers to resources and service providers in the community, and assist caregivers in finding a caregiver support group. The centers serve as lending libraries for training videos, comprehensive resource directories, books, pamphlets and other informational resource materials on care giving. A family member or other individual who provides on-going care to an older person who is 60 years of age or older is eligible. On-going care includes providing or arranging for personal care, other activities of daily living (bathing, feeding, dressing, transferring) as well as assisting with shopping, housekeeping, etc. The caregiver is not required to live with the frail older person, but should be providing substantial, hands-on care on an almost daily basis. Respite care service programs give families and other caregivers temporary relief from providing care for frail older persons. Based on an individualized care plan, participating service providers offer caregivers’ assistance with personal care, household duties and companion service in the home. Some providers offer overnight nursing home care as well. There is a sliding scale charge for respite care services based on the family income of the care recipient. The Caregiver Resource Center at the Cheer Community Center is available for use free to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. A member of CHEER’s Home Services Department is also available to answer any questions. For more information call 854-9555. Sussex County Senior Services, Inc./CHEER is an independent non-profit agency that caters to the needs of Sussex County’s mature population.
Water safety tips

In an effort to save lives this summer, the American Red Cross strongly urges Americans to be prepared in, on and around the water in hopes of reducing drowning and injuries this summer. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional injury death of children 0-4 years of age. Most drowning and near drowning happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub, according to the National Safety Council. “Lives can be saved this summer if people use caution in, on and around the water and learn the proper rescue techniques for drowning victims,” said Ginny Succarotte, administrator, Health and Safety Services. The following tips will help to ensure your family’s safety around the water this summer:
  • Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.
  • Know your swimming limits and stay within them.
  • Alcohol and swimming don’t mix.
  • Obey “No Diving” signs, which indicate the area is unsafe for headfirst entries.
  • Watch out for the dangerous too’s — too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, or too much strenuous activity.
  • Swim in supervised areas only.
  • Don’t chew gum or eat while you swim.
  • Use common sense about swimming after eating.
  • Always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating and fishing.
  • Know local weather conditions and prepare for electrical storms.
  • Know how to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies.
Drowning can occur in home pools, community pools, oceans, lakes, water parks, bathtubs, or even large buckets. “People need to know the dangers involved and know how to take action in an emergency,” added Holly Newton, director, Health and Safety Services. The American Red Cross has provided health and safety services to people across the nation for more than 80 years as part of the organization’s mission of emergency prevention and preparedness. In developing training programs, the Red Cross relies on the consensus of American medical opinion represented by the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiac Care Committee, the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine and other widely noted experts in the field to define rescue techniques. To learn more about water safety or to find out where you can enroll in a water safety course, please visit our web site for locations: www.redcrossdelmarva.org or call (800) -777- 6620.