Aug 09, 2023

Buchanan CO offers resources for those caring for family members in need

Posted Aug 09, 2023 4:05 PM


St. Joseph Post

Buchanan County residents can access a wealth of information about taking care of family members during a time of need free of charge.

The county has used federal coronavirus relief funds to contract with Trualta.

Former Buchanan County Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer says too often families face a time of crisis with little information on how best to handle it.

“I’ve done some of it personally with my elderly parents. I’ve used information available from Trualta to help make sure I’m doing the right thing,” Sawyer tells KFEQ/St. Joseph Post. “It’s really good hands-on information.”

Trualta Care Coach Darci Henry says too often people don’t seek information until they face a crisis.

“So, we want to be a place where people can come if they are having a crisis and get the help they need,” says Henry, “but also people can start to plan and prepare.”

Henry says the Trualta website provides advice on how best to care for the elderly, those with chronic medical conditions, the developmentally disabled, and even children with special needs.

Henry says county resident simply need to log on and create an account.

“Once they’re signed up for an account, they can have access to all of the articles, all the videos, the interactive scenarios, the community bundle which includes virtual support groups,” according to Henry.

Sawyer says too often people find themselves in a difficult situation with little to go on.

“All of the sudden, you’re caring for a parent, who when you were younger cared for you,” Sawyer says. “And then you’re trying to do the right things, but you maybe have not done this before. I’ve just found the information to be very helpful.”

Click HERE for the Trualta website.