As a caregiver for your elderly family member, you know that you need to do your best to make sure that all their needs are met. This can sometimes be difficult, especially if you have a full-time job, other family members, or any other responsibilities on top of being a caregiver. It’s ok to admit you need help and it’s more than ok to take a break every now and then. There are a lot of resources available to you to help you with your job and make you a better more effective caregiver.
Taking care of someone who has Alzheimer’s can be a full-time job and a difficult one at that. It’s important that you make use of all the services the Alzheimer’s Association has to offer caregivers. The New Mexico Chapter oversees seven different regions and provides caregivers with necessary support.
Educating yourself about Alzheimer’s and caregiving is the key to being a better caregiver. You can find plenty of educational publications offered online as well as the annual Family Caregiver Conference held in November. All of these classes and workshops can teach you more about the disease and effective ways to handle issues you might face.
Support groups are a good way to not only take a little break from your caregiving but a great chance to connect with others who are going through the same things as you are. These meetings occur weekly in various locations and really help by providing you with insider wisdom and experience. Some groups may also offer respite care so your loved one doesn’t have to be alone.
Online resources are another option for caregivers that can’t leave the house or have no other way to connect. You can visit the caregiver resource center and use it to find services and support in your area or join online chat groups and message boards.
Through the local Area Agency on Aging, you can find supportive services like in-home health care, meal delivery, and even transportation. There are also caregiver support resources like caregiving training and respite services. You can call 505-764-6400 to find out more about these services.
While veterans can get medical services through the VA health system, their caregivers can get access to resources as well. Even if you aren’t a veteran you can use services and programs like:
Caregiver Support Line which allows you to call whenever you need assistance or just someone to listen.
Caregiver Support Coordinator who is a trained professional that can assess your needs and find the right programs for you.
Peer Support Program which offers caregivers mentors by pairing them with another caregiver in the area.
Home telehealth system which helps homebound seniors get the medical care they need.
In-home health services like homemakers or home health aides.
Respite care and adult day care for when you need a rest.
Skilled nursing and hospice care.
To find out more information call the local caregiver support coordinator at 505-265-1711.
New Mexico Aging And Long-Term Services Department
The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department can help caregivers in numerous ways. They offer caregiver planning if you’re new to this and have no idea where to start. They also have supportive services for caregivers like training programs, counseling, and respite care. You can also find other resources in the area through their website. Call toll-free at 800-432-2080 for more information.
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