WARREN - The Warren SCOPE Center is looking to help area caregivers by creating a support group for them and a respite program for the loved ones they take care of.
The initial meeting of the caregiver support group has been planned for 5 to 8 p.m. July 25 at the center, where discussion will be held on starting a Saturday respite program in August. Plans are to offer the support group the fourth Wednesday of each month.
Marge Haley, center manager, said many people who are taking care of a loved one, such as a parent or spouse, often need to get things done or to just have some time for themselves but are not able to because there is no place for their loved one.
''People I have spoken to who are caregivers said they would like some place they could bring their family member, especially after hours. Some need some free time for themselves,'' Haley said.
The support group will include discussion on the respite program, caregiver networking, available resources and educational issues that caregivers may face. A social worker will attend the discussion.
She said plans are to charge $10 per hour for the respite program and those attending the support group are asked to bring a packed lunch for their loved one who will be taken care of that day at the center.
Lisa Pietragallo, a nurse and director of home health, said it is important that caregivers get to speak with other caregivers.
''This provides a break for them and the support many need,'' she said.
She said the clients they are taking care of can attend an activity at the center under the care of home health care staff that evening.
Pietragallo said the respite program being planned will allow people from across the county to drop off loved ones ages 60 and older from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a Saturday.
''We decided Saturday would be a good day when people often need to get things done and will see what interest comes from the support group meeting,'' Pietragallo said.
Cost would be $10 per hour.
For more information on the support group, call 330-399-2966.