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Caregiver Recognition Celebration and Health Expo in Hayward, CA

August 07, 2015

On Sunday, August 30, the Alameda County Care Alliance (ACCA) and its partners will honor the dedication and support of caregivers at an event that will also debut the ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program™, a first-of-its-kind community-health system partnership helping those with advanced illness, their families and caregivers manage their spiritual, social, and health needs in the Oakland, CA area. 

The ACCA, undertaken in part by PHI's Center for Technology and Aging, is a coalition of five churches representing over 35,000 people in Alameda County, which formed the Advanced Illness Care Program based on findings from a community needs assessment. Results show that advanced illness is rampant in the community and that persons needing care and caregivers struggled to access resources, manage multiple responsibilities, and understand the needs of a loved one. The Advanced Illness Care Program will work to address these concerns by connecting persons needing care and caregivers with resources and information specific to Alameda County on: 1) health and physical needs, 2) social needs, 3) spiritual needs, and 4) planning for advanced care, like completion of advance directives, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) and preferences for advanced illness care management.

The August 30 event held in Hayward, CA will celebrate caregivers from the community with an afternoon of activities that include a complimentary celebratory supper, caregiver appreciation service, and a health expo, where experts and organizations will address questions and concerns that caregivers of community members face regarding care coordination, financial services, and more.  

“We are delighted to showcase the accomplishments of the ACCA Advanced Illness Care Program and honor the caregivers who have so selflessly given their time and efforts to help provide the kind of care people want at this critical time in their lives," said ACCA Executive Director Rev. Cynthia Carter Perrilliat. "Care that respects their dignity and honors their choices.”

The ACCA is a part of a national movement to transform care for those with advanced illness. As a member of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) a national, non-partisan, non-profit coalition of 120+ organizations and leaders, ACCA shares the vision that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, receive comprehensive, high-quality, person- and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and that honors their dignity. 

“The expo comes at a time when the challenges facing those living with advanced illness has captured national attention,” said Jon Broyles, executive director of C-TAC.  “But providing comprehensive, person-centered care requires more than just the medical establishment. That’s why this community-based approach is so unique. It gives the often overlooked but essential component of the community – caregivers, clergy and lay people – the support, information and training they need to effectively deliver the kind of care people want and need.”

 

Caregiver Recognition Celebration and Health Expo

Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:00 - 6:00pm

Glad Tidings Church of God

27689 Tyrrell Ave, Hayward, CA 94544

 

The Caregiver Recognition Celebration will be free of charge and though not required, participants are encouraged to RSVP. To learn more about the celebration, sponsorship, and exhibitor opportunities, please visit www.accarealliance.org, or contact Valerie Steinmetz at vsteinmetz@techandaging.org.