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More than 70 participated in the annual Coles County Cop Chase at your LifeSpan Center, Friday, Sept. 7. The event is in its third year and is dedicated to raising awareness and benefiting the LifeSpan Center’s Family Caregiver Resource Center (FCRC).

Coles County Sheriff, Jimmy Rankin, led both the 1 mile and 5K walk/run. Here are the names of top males and females from the 5K.

Males:

  • 1st - Dylan Brooks
  • 2nd - Matthew Wasselman
  • 3rd - Robert Goldsmith

Females:

  • 1st - Crystal Ashby
  • 2nd - Lauren Moore
  • 3rd - Debbie Malmen

Jean Shobe, your LifeSpan Center’s Family Caregiver Resource (FCRC) Program Director, said that the money raised for this event will benefit the FCRC at you LifeSpan Center. Here are some requirements that a Caregiver must meet to qualify for assistance:

  • You are a grandparent or relative 55 or older raising a grandchild or relative child.
  • You are a relative caregiver (relative by blood, marriage, or adoption) over 55 raising a child.
  • You are the primary caregiver, age 55 or over, for a grandchild or child related to you that is under the age of 18, or a disabled adult who is living with you.
  • If you are a grandparent or other relative under age 55 raising a grandchild or child related to you under the age of 18 you may be eligible for some services as well
  • The biological parent or parents do not live with you.

So what types of services does the FCRC provide? I’m glad you asked:

  • Information to caregivers about available services
  • Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services
  • Individual counseling, support groups, and Caregiver training
  • Respite care referrals which enable Caregivers to be relieved from Caregivers responsibilities for increments of time

Supplemental services (on a limited basis) to assist the caregiver can include:

  • Assistive devices
  • Home modification
  • Legal assistance
  • Transportation
  • School Supplies
  • Other services which attempt to address a short-term caregiver emergency

The Family Caregiver Resource Center at your LifeSpan Center is funded by the Federal Older Americans Act, the East Central Illinois Agency on Aging, the Illinois Department on Aging, and client contributions. The FCRC program is a part of the National Family Support Program, enacted in 2000 with the Older Americans Act.

The LifeSpan Center is located at 11021 E. County Road 800N, Charleston. The telephone number is 217-639-5150. The numbers for the programs are as follows: Coles County Telecare -- 217-639-5166; Family Care Giver Resource Center -- 217-639-5168 and Dial A Ride -- 217-639-5169 or 1-800-500-5505. See you at your LifeSpan Center.

Come join us each weekday at noon for “Lunch at LifeSpan.” Peace Meals are served Monday through Friday at a suggested donation of $3.50. To register, reserve a lunch or learn more, contact Peace Meal at 217-348-1800.

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