CSS launches new project for unpaid caregivers

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For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Catholic Social Service (CSS) Guam announces that it has been awarded a grant from the UOG Guam Cancer Trust Fund to provide respite care services to unpaid family caregivers of individuals undergoing cancer treatment or who are terminally ill.  The “Enkatgåo” Project will assist up to 40 unpaid family caregivers by providing limited in-home respite services for the patient, self-care help, stress relief activities, and monthly training sessions for the caregiver. “Enkatgåo” is a Chamorro word for caretaker or custodian.

Caregiving is a stressful and emotional vocation, especially for family members caring for individuals with chronic or terminal illness. The stress for caregivers can be devastating and lead to fatigue and risk physical abuse or neglect of the ill family member. It also may result in the caregiver neglecting their health as they focus on care of their family member.

The “Enkatgåo” Project will provide up to 16 hours of in-home respite care weekly to allow time for the caregiver to self-care for themselves. Supervision and personal care will be provided to the ill member during the time of respite. The project will also provide monthly training on various caregiving topics such as personal grooming, hygiene, injury prevention techniques, and legal issues as well as self-care and stress-relieve activities.

Referrals are being accepted at the CSS office in Barrigada Heights. Intake and assessments will be conducted to ensure eligibility and to establish a service plan. Referrals may be faxed to 635-1444, ATTN: Enkatgåo Project, or via email at respitecare@cssguam.org.

For more information, call 635-1442. CSS Guam has been serving our island since 1979 and continues to serve the needy in our community. We ask for your prayers and community support.