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The Rural Caregiver Network Project is an initiative to support caregivers through both formal and informal resources in order to establish support systems in rural Washington and Hancock Counties. The focus of this project was to maximize residents’ ability to access home and community-based services at a lower cost. The sources of information for this report include the following: 88 intake surveys gathered from caregivers, 69 follow-up surveys from caregivers, 84 caregiver and professional training surveys, and 26 project partner process survey responses. The project has majorly served white, female caregivers in households with an aggregate income of less than $60,000 per year. On average, the caregivers in this report are providing care for 80 hours per week. Issues exhibited by care recipients included incontinence, wandering, abusive behavior, sadness, falls, and memory loss. Trainings allowed for acquired skills in regard to communication, patience, transfer techniques, and other general caregiving skills. Over the course of the project and the availability of services, caregiver health ratings, efficacy, and life satisfaction increased.


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