When someone in your family gets ill, or your elderly relatives can no longer take care of themselves, it’s an easy decision to help them. Family caregivers are one of the number one resources that seniors turn to when they need help but being a caregiver is not an easy job, and it can take a toll on your health, mental well-being, and other areas of your life. It is just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of your loved ones. Luckily, there are plenty of resources like support groups in Charlotte to help you with your caregiving duties.
The North Carolina Health and Human Services department offers a program called Project CARE (Caregivers Alternatives to Running on Empty) that is just for caregivers of dementia patients. This is a state-funded program that provides services to family caregivers based on their needs.
Project CARE can help caregivers find counseling services, caregiver assessments, caregiver education, and will help you find a network of support in your community. They can also help you find resources in your area whether you need help with respite care or supplemental services such as meal delivery or transportation services.
You can find out more information, including extra resources for caregiver support, on their website or by calling one of their offices. The representative will be able to help you connect to the resources available in your community.
Jewish Family Services has a lot of resources for situations of all types, including family caregivers. They have a Senior Outreach program that connects homebound seniors with professionals and volunteers to get things like meal delivery, companionship, and other services. They also cater to the needs of older people in assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Other services they offer are counseling and support groups for family caregivers. The support groups meet twice a month at different times to help accommodate most schedules. During these meetings, you can connect with other caregivers to share advice, experience, and encouragement.
For counseling services, all you need to do is to schedule an appointment by calling the center at 704-364-6594. They will provide you with more information about what type of counseling would be best for your situation.
The Family Caregiver Council is an entirely online based support service for caregivers. If you can’t make it out of the house to a support group meeting, you can use these online resources to find more information.
They have topics for all different kinds of problems that caregivers might face like long-distance caregiving, how to handle the tension between family members, and even how to prepare yourself for life after caregiving. Under each of these topics, you can find more online resources to help you as well as find services in your state and city.
The Alzheimer’s Association also has support groups that you can join in Charlotte. These groups are an easy way to find other people who are going through the same things you are. They also have specialty support groups so you can find a network that has the same interests as you. There are support groups for men, those who speak Spanish, and an online or telephone support group. You can call 800-272-3900 for more information and find a group near you.
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