Anyone that has cared for an aging loved one will tell you that it isn’t an easy job. Without the support of others, it can be almost impossible. But not everyone is lucky enough to have a team of family members, friends, and neighbors ready and willing to help out. Even if they do, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
To help guide caregivers in Albuquerque to doing the best job possible in caring for a loved one, here are some resources, organizations, and agencies that can provide assistance and information.
The New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is located at 9500 Montgomery Blvd. in Albuquerque. In addition to being a great resource for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association also dedicates a portion of their time and services helping caregivers navigate and understand how Alzheimer’s affects the body and mind.
Some of the resources offered by the New Mexico Chapter include:
24/7 Help Hotline - (800) 272-3900 Over 50 support groups Educational programs for caregivers, professionals, and the general public Referral assistance Monthly e-Newsletters Bi-Annual Newsletter
To learn more about what the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association can do for you, contact (505) 266-4473.
In connection with the City of Albuquerque, the Area Agency on Aging can also provide a number of senior care services and support to caregivers. While the specific caregiver support services offered by the City of Albuquerque Area Agency on Aging includes caregiver trainings and respite services, the Area Agency on Aging can also help coordinate meals, transportation, and in-home services. Other services include legal services, medication management services, and health screenings and evaluations.
For older individuals that are also veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers a number of medical assistance programs to ensure they get the attention that they need. They understand that sometimes caregivers are unable to provide all the attention needed to a veteran, and for that, they offer a variety of caregiving support services. Here are a few of the most popular:
Adult Day Health Care Centers: If the caregiver is unable to miss work or has other commitments during the day, a VA Adult Day Health Care Center can provide supervision, social opportunities, and activities for the senior during standard business hours.
Home-Based Primary Care and Skilled Home Care: For veterans who may be unable to leave their home, home-based primary care and skilled home care allow doctors, medical professionals, and nurses to come to the veteran’s home.
Respite Care: Although caregivers try their hardest to always be there for the senior, there are times when it isn’t possible. If the primary caregiver is going out of town or otherwise is unable to provide necessary attention for the senior, VA respite care can take over.
The New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department offers resources for caregivers in both planning and in support. If you are about to become a caregiver for an older loved one, their planning materials can help you get started on the right foot. If you are already a caregiver but you need help or guidance performing a variety of your duties, their support resources can point you in the right direction.
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