Blue River Services Shows Appreciation for Structured Family Caregiving

Blue River Services Shows Appreciation for Structured Family Caregiving

Bailey Seitz, left, entertained consumers including Patty Nasco, right, with her balloon bending talents.

In appreciation of those who dedicate their time and support, Blue River Services, Inc. hosted a carnival-themed Structured Family Caregiving Luncheon July 29 at Southern Hills Church in Salem, Indiana. Yvonne Meadows was named Householder of the Year for her commitment to providing exceptional care for people with extensive needs, and Emma Waldridge was selected as Resident of the Year for her tenacity in overcoming several physical obstacles.

With vibrant colors, activities and food prepared by volunteers, the event also recognized 15 program residents for the goals they achieved over the past year.

Structured Family Caregiving, part of the Community Resources Department at Blue River Services, Inc.,  offers a unique solution for adults with disabilities who can’t manage their own care. Made possible by the U.S. government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Indiana’s Aged and Disabled Waiver, the program matches consumers with responsible, caring families who provide programming and services in their home. In fiscal year 2016, 86 percent of consumers who participated in the program reported a positive experience, and all parents and guardians of consumers placed in a family caregiver’s home responded positively.

Since no carnival would be complete without balloon animals, college student Bailey Seitz volunteered her talent as a balloon artist crafting everything from giraffes, puppies, cats and bears to parrots and an amusing but functional hat, which seemed to be a crowd favorite.

Structured Family Caregiving Manager Murie Medlock wrapped up the luncheon with a photo presentation marking the great strides, as well as a few adventures, residents had throughout the year.

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