As the Baby Boomer generation ages, there is a significant need for caregiving services. Many family members are taking on this role. While this task can be challenging, it can also be very gratifying. Local government agencies, non-profit organizations, medical institutions, and other private entities provide services for caregivers to assist with health care, respite care, household chores, and emotional support. Here are four resources in Aurora to help you with your role as caregiver.
The VA offers benefits to veterans and also caregivers of veterans. These services are available to assist you with caregiving.
To start learning about available services, call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274. You can speak to a caregiver support coordinator to learn about programs available in your area. The VA Peer Support program connects you with other caregivers, so you can learn about additional options and share ideas and feelings.
Adult Day Care Centers allow veterans to get out and all under constant supervision. Sometimes, you need a well-deserved break, and the VA offers other respite care options in addition to Adult Day Care Centers.
For homebound veterans, the VA offers health care and personal care programs, which include basic nursing, various therapies, and routine personal care. For those facing advanced stages of a terminal disease, home hospice care provides comfort and emotional support to the veteran and their family.
You can find various programs offered by the Area Agency on Aging including legal services, long-term care, nutrition, respite care, caregiver support services, evaluation and screening services, and transportation. For more information on available services, call 303.455.1000 or e-mail [email protected].
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or memory loss, the Alzheimer’s Association is here for you. For reliable information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline anytime, 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900. The highly trained staff will help you get started on your search for help. You can ask questions on how the Association can assist you, caregiver tips, information on the disease, and services available in your community. You can also call for emotional support.
The Association offers support groups to get the emotional support you need. You can find support groups listed by region along with their respective meeting dates, times, and locations. You can also connect with other caregivers throughout the nation online. Visit www.alzconnected.org to get connected online through message boards and chat rooms.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of educational classes including information on early detection, the various stages of Alzheimer’s, communication strategies, and more. You can also find a list of recommended reading. The Association offers a lending library at each regional office. You can also find a comprehensive selection of online courses and resources at the Association’s virtual library.
Aurora offers various services for resident seniors, including long-term care support, adult day programs, recreational activities at the Aurora Center for Active Adults, SilverSneakers exercise programs, emergency preparedness, and more. For more information, call 303.739.7000.
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