We are pleased to announce that our Center, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, has received a one-year planning grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to develop The Caregiver Resource Collaborative. This Collaborative will further the work of the THRIVE Network, a program created two years ago by Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW in collaboration with Michigan State University Extension and Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology.
The THRIVE Network aims to make the pathway as a family caregiver easier by providing an online network of resources and programs for family caregivers of older adults living with dementia or other chronic disabling conditions. The goal is to connect caregivers to local resources at the appropriate time in order to foster supportive connections and continual learning throughout the caregiving journey.
This new Caregiver Resource Collaborative will continue the work of THRIVE by expanding the online network to improve access to resources and information. It will also build a web-based assessment that will help our experts develop programs to prevent caregiver burnout and will be implemented in four Area Agencies on Aging in Michigan. This will be a step forward in connecting caregivers to the resources they need, when they need it. Stay tuned for more information on the development of the Caregiver Resource Collaborative.
For more information about the THRIVE Network, visit their website here.