Katherine Church

Katherine Church, RD, worked as a clinical dietitian in teaching hospitals in the Chicago area for 10 years. Currently the Executive Director of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers, she has worked for Dietary Managers Association (DMA) for the past 20 years, heading up their national certification program.

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Dear Ms. Church,
My mother is elderly and lives alone. I have been able to assist her by driving her to appointments, errands and checking in with her weekly. Recently her needs have increased and I am unable to provide the care required. Where do I go to find qualified caregivers?

You are describing a very typical scenario! There are many options available, with varying levels of service depending on your budget and needs. Visit www.vnaa.org for visiting nurse agencies, and www.eldercare.gov for lists of home and community based services.