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Programs offer caregiver support

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Programs are available to eastern Washington state
Natives to help those who provide care for a parent, spouse or other family
member.

The Family Caregiver Support Program is provided by the state Department of
Social and Health Services through local Area Agencies on Aging. Local
information is provided to caregivers about important topics such as
available services, assistance in gaining access to services, caregiver
support groups, counseling, caregiver training and respite care.

Each county program is tailored to local needs. Kinship-care families are
offered family counseling services and summer youth activities; a Family
Resource Center has a family caregiver consultant, books, resource guides,
videos and a computer; day and weekend retreats provide time off for family
caregivers; and counselors provide guidance through the emotionally and
physically draining demands of caregiving.

On the Colville Indian Reservation, call (509) 634-2758; on the Yakama
Indian Reservation, call (509) 865-5121.

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