Caregiving takes a lot of your time and can make you exhausted both mentally and physically. Caregiving is more demanding than a full-time job. Thankfully, the government, non-profit organizations, and medical providers offer programs to support caregivers including respite care, education and training, dedicated help lines, adult day care, medical assistance, and more. Here are some great sources to get your search started in Anaheim.
The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, health care professionals, and the community. They present events and education to increase awareness of the disease, assist with care, provide emotional support, and raise money for research.
You can share ideas and feelings with other caregivers at monthly support group meetings. If you can’t attend meetings, there is also a monthly telephone caregiver support group on the first Monday of the month.
The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can assist people with memory loss or caregivers in more than 200 languages. The trained staff is very educated about Alzheimer’s disease. They can answer your questions about how the Association can assist you, services available, medications and treatments for Alzheimer’s, and caregiving and respite options. The toll-free number is 1.800.272.3900.
You can access message boards and chat rooms with other caregivers nationwide at www.alzconnected.org.
Education increases your knowledge and can help you provide the best care possible. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of classes to the community, caregivers, and health care professionals about the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease. You can attend education programs or find online courses and materials available at the Association’s extensive online library.
Orange County Caregiver Resource Center offers various caregiving courses and training. They provide community resources, support groups, respite assistance, counseling, education on legal issues, and a Caregiver Advocacy Network. For more details, call 1.800.543.8312.
The VA offers a variety of services to provide the right support for you. Because you care for a veteran, you are eligible for caregiver programs, including:
Caregiver Support Line for a single contact to services and questions
A licensed Caregiver Support Coordinator to match you to local programs
Adult Day Care Centers especially for veterans to get out of the house in a supervised, engaging environment
Peer Support so you can learn from other caregivers
Home-Based health care for routine health needs
Homemaker and Home Health Aides for personal hygiene care and household chores
Respite Care Options to give you a much-needed break
Home Hospice Care to provide comfort for those with advanced stages of terminal disease
To begin using these services or for any questions, call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274.
California has 11 non-profit Caregiver Resource Centers. They are essential services to families such as counseling, care management, financial guidance, respite care, and more. These services are either free or offered at a nominal fee. There are online programs to receive valuation information on caregiving and a navigator to help find services in your area. You can contact them at 1.800.445.8016 to find out more about these services.
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