Helping those who help others

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ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - Delta County’s Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress is offering training to individuals who want to help give a break to those involved in long-term care giving situations.

The respite education and support tools, or REST program, takes a hands-on, interactive approach to teaching people about the needs of those they will be assisting.

A program was recently given in Delta County, but will soon be taught throughout the U.P.

“Providing them with some of the skills that are going to help them interact better with the care receiver as well as the caregiver,” Caregiver Program Manager Tammy Rosa said. “Being able to do things like plan activities based on a person’s individual challenges and just really provide a lot of assistance to the caregiver, so that they get a break, because we know that caregivers quite often have a high rate of stress and burnout.”

The training is free of charge and the next session will be held on Thursday, February 16. For more information in Delta County call 211, call 906-786-4701 or visit their website.

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