Dear Dr. Ted: The other day I heard you at a talk in which you spoke about wraparound services. This is a term I had not heard and was hoping you could explain and expand on this concept. Thank you, Local Caregiver
Dear Caregiver, I appreciate your question and hope, if someone else was confused by this term, this article will be of value for them as well. I like that you used the term caregiver rather than caretaker as we give care to those in need and hopefully, take away levels of discomfort or distress in those times where help is needed.
Many types of professional caregivers (formal supports)are in a community, such as doctors, nurses, therapists, clergy, police, fire protection, emergency medical technicians, physical therapists, yoga instructors, teachers, massage therapists, social workers and the list continues of all the special people and agencies that allow our community to function and have services when help is needed.
Many nonprofessional caregivers (informal supports)are in a community as well, such as parents, family, friends, community parenting, volunteer programs, pets, neighbors, coaches, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, camp counselors, recovery programs, mentors and others. In your life you need different supports at different times for different reasons.
Even in your everyday life, you have many services and supports that you may not even think about, such as the traffic lights working, trash being picked…
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