Friday, December 7th, 2012

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has praised the thousands of county residents who provide for the care of a loved one, saying the role they play as a caregiver is vital, but too often is ignored.

According to the Morris County Department of Human Services and the United Way of Northern New Jersey, more than 106,000 Morris County residents are taking on the ultimate responsibility of providing care to another family member, friend or neighbor with a long-term chronic or disabling condition.

The freeholders issued a proclamation calling attention to the “important role family caregivers play in providing essential care to so many of our most vulnerable citizens.”

The freeholder proclamation states it is incumbent upon all sectors of our society to recognize these individuals and “provide them with the support and assistance they need.”

In Morris County, the United Way Caregiver Coalition and the county Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Caregiver Support Initiative are working together to provide information, easy access to resources and the support that family caregivers need to improve their quality of life while they continue to carry out their vital responsibilities.

Information about the United Way’s Caregivers Coalition can be found at www.uwmorris.org, or by calling 973-993-1160, Ext. 139.

More information about the Caregiver Support Initiative may be obtained by calling the Morris County Aging & Disability Resource Connection at 800-564-4656 or by visiting the Division on Aging, Disabilities & Veterans Resource Center at 340 West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township.