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Options Are Available For Elderly Caregivers

"We'll take care of them for four or five hours, make sure they are in a fairly regimented program of activities and send them home happy at the end of the day," said Executive Director LAP Respite Center John Stauffer.

John Stauffer is the executive director at the LAP Respite Center.

"What we try to do is provide programs that gives the primary care provider and family time off," Stauffer said.

They've been for almost three decades in East Lansing.

"We have some participants that come once a week and some that come five days a week."

Stauffer says right now they care for 34 families which may not sound like a lot, but the executive director says more are out there.

"We have more senior centers in our county than we have children that attend school."

John Stauffer says there's a variety of services from in home care to centers like this in East Lansing, so he says his biggest concern is people who don't know where to go for help.

"Pay should not be an issue though, because if somebody doesn't have the ability to pay there are programs out there that can help them," Stauffer said.

Stauffer says the Tri-County Office on Aging has one of those programs. A free community help guide is also available at your local grocery stores and you can always dial 211.

"The sad part is that when you find yourself in this position you feel like you have no where else to turn and you don't know what to do," Stauffer said.

But Stauffer says help is out there, all you have to do is ask.

For more information on LAP Respite Center, visit: laprespitecenter.com or call (517) 372-6671.

As investigators search for answers, our Nick Perreault spoke with healthcare providers here in Mid-Michigan who want you to know help is out there.

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