Rosalynn Carter to Deliver Special Message About Caregiving To Hospice Foundation of America's National Teleconference Audience

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Hospice Foundation of America

    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
 will deliver a special videotaped message about the importance of family
 caregiving during the Hospice Foundation of America's national "Living With
 Grief" satellite teleconference.  Mrs. Carter is director of the Rosalynn
 Carter Institute, whose mission is to improve the lives of all caregivers.
     "We are approaching a caregiving crisis in America ... we are living much
 longer than our ancestors and experiencing the problems of aging," said Mrs.
 Carter in her prerecorded message set to air on the April 18th broadcast.
 "Caregiving for a loved one is not an endeavor that should be undertaken
 alone.  To offer the best to their loved ones and still stay strong and
 healthy, family caregivers need to be surrounded by compassionate, responsive
 assistance from the professionals who work with them."
     It is estimated that there are more than 25 million family caregivers in
 this country providing 80% of home care services.  "In many cases the valuable
 work of family caregivers is unrecognized," commented Jack D. Gordon, Chairman
 of Hospice Foundation of America.  "Hospice has always placed the family at
 the center of care so it's fitting that HFA is addressing this important topic
 during our annual teleconference."
     Cokie Roberts, of ABC News, will again serve as moderator for the
 teleconference.  This year's program, "Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs,
 Professional Responses," will be broadcast live-via-satellite on Wednesday,
 April 18, to more than 2,000 communities across North America.  The program
 will explore ways that professionals can better understand and support family
 caregivers in issues relating to end-of-life care and grief. (To locate a
 teleconference site in your community go to http://www.hospicefoundation.org.)
     Additional resources include HFA's new book, "Caregiving and Loss: Family
 Needs, Professional Responses," which features a foreword by Mrs. Carter.  For
 a Family Caregiving Fact Sheet, a transcript of Mrs. Carter's message, other
 resources about caregiving or to request complimentary copies of HFA's new
 brochures offering advice to caregivers, go to
 http://www.hospicefoundation.org/caregiving/.
 
     CONTACT:  Jon Radulovic of the Hospice Foundation of America,
 800-854-3402, or jon@hospicefoundation.org.
 
 

SOURCE Hospice Foundation of America
    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
 will deliver a special videotaped message about the importance of family
 caregiving during the Hospice Foundation of America's national "Living With
 Grief" satellite teleconference.  Mrs. Carter is director of the Rosalynn
 Carter Institute, whose mission is to improve the lives of all caregivers.
     "We are approaching a caregiving crisis in America ... we are living much
 longer than our ancestors and experiencing the problems of aging," said Mrs.
 Carter in her prerecorded message set to air on the April 18th broadcast.
 "Caregiving for a loved one is not an endeavor that should be undertaken
 alone.  To offer the best to their loved ones and still stay strong and
 healthy, family caregivers need to be surrounded by compassionate, responsive
 assistance from the professionals who work with them."
     It is estimated that there are more than 25 million family caregivers in
 this country providing 80% of home care services.  "In many cases the valuable
 work of family caregivers is unrecognized," commented Jack D. Gordon, Chairman
 of Hospice Foundation of America.  "Hospice has always placed the family at
 the center of care so it's fitting that HFA is addressing this important topic
 during our annual teleconference."
     Cokie Roberts, of ABC News, will again serve as moderator for the
 teleconference.  This year's program, "Caregiving and Loss: Family Needs,
 Professional Responses," will be broadcast live-via-satellite on Wednesday,
 April 18, to more than 2,000 communities across North America.  The program
 will explore ways that professionals can better understand and support family
 caregivers in issues relating to end-of-life care and grief. (To locate a
 teleconference site in your community go to http://www.hospicefoundation.org.)
     Additional resources include HFA's new book, "Caregiving and Loss: Family
 Needs, Professional Responses," which features a foreword by Mrs. Carter.  For
 a Family Caregiving Fact Sheet, a transcript of Mrs. Carter's message, other
 resources about caregiving or to request complimentary copies of HFA's new
 brochures offering advice to caregivers, go to
 http://www.hospicefoundation.org/caregiving/.
 
     CONTACT:  Jon Radulovic of the Hospice Foundation of America,
 800-854-3402, or jon@hospicefoundation.org.
 
 SOURCE  Hospice Foundation of America