Lutheran Services Carolinas collaborates with The Arc
Older caregivers of family members with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are often isolated or disconnected from disability services. And too often, they have no realistic plan for their loved one’s care when they are no longer able to provide it. To address this issue, Lutheran Services Carolinas is teaming up with The Arc of North Carolina as part of a national initiative to connect older caregivers to future planning resources.
This one-year project, a collaboration between Lutheran Services in America and The Arc’s Center for Future Planning, is made possible through a grant to The Arc from The Retirement Research Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of our nation's elders.
This initiative provides training to human services agency staff to conduct in-person outreach to seniors over the age of 65 who are providing direct support to an adult with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The outreach focuses on providing resources to help these caregivers plan for the future.
"We are excited to work with The Arc to recruit trainees and help raise awareness about the future planning needs of aging caregivers across our region,” said Ted Goins, president of LSC. “Through the relationships we have in our communities and the partners on this project, we will be able to reach senior caregivers more effectively. When you combine our work at LSC with the national scope of the partners on this project, the opportunity to improve the quality of life for caregivers and their adult children has potential to make a real difference in communities across the country.”