Program initiated to support caregivers of the elderly and medically fragile

SANTA MARIA, CA – August 2, 2016 – Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), a member of Dignity Health Central Coast, is pleased to announce a new program to assess, support, guide, and teach family caregivers.

Family Caregiver Support ProgramThis new and innovative program is now accepting participants who are caregivers for an elderly and medically fragile loved one in Northern Santa Barbara County. Our unique focus is about engaging the caregivers of the families we serve through new programs and services designed to empower and support caregivers as part of our health care team.

Our Family Care Navigator will work directly with family and provide support for an array of free services including:

  • In-depth support and case management for the caregiver including an initial face to face assessment and ongoing support.
  • “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six week class that helps caregivers develop tools to reduce stress, communicate effectively, manage emotions and make tough caregiving decisions.
  • Linkage to our collaborative partners for services such as counseling, respite, caregiver support groups, transportation, and other community resources.
  • Access to our Promotores Network for our Spanish speaking families.

For additional information about the program, or for a referral, please call Family Care Navigator Mary Amedeo, LCSW, at 805.614.2085.

 

About Marian Regional Medical Center

Marian Regional Medical Center, located in Santa Maria, California, is rated among the top 10% in the nation for cardiac care, and is a designated STEMI Receiving Center (ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction) in Santa Barbara County.  Santa Barbara County STEMI receiving programs earned the Silver Award from the American Heart Association for excellence in patient care. Marian has achieved prestigious designation as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. In addition, Marian has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award. The medical center’s cancer program is distinguished as the only comprehensive Community Cancer Center on the Central Coast.  The need to meet the demand for quality, technologically-advanced care for a growing community led Marian to open its doors to a new state-of-the-art, 191-bed facility in the spring of 2012.  The new facility houses the largest and most comprehensive perinatology/neonatology program on the Central Coast providing the most compassionate, quality care to the littlest of patients. Marian is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA, St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, CA and St. John’s Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is an integrated network of top quality hospitals, physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers and a full service home health agency; all recognized for quality, safety and service.  Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Learn more at http://www.dignityhealth.org/marianregional/