If you are a caregiver, you’re not alone. Due to the rapidly aging population almost ⅓ of the US population acts as a caregiver to a family member or a loved one and sometimes it’s not an easy job. You have support though through local government agencies and non-profit groups as well as state funded programs that can help you find services to assist you in your duties or even let you take a break every once in awhile. Here are just a few of these resources in the Cleveland area.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you know that being their caregiver can sometimes be difficult. There is a lot to learn about this disease and it’s not common for Alzheimer’s caregivers to feel burned out at one point or another. That’s why each chapter has plenty of support for their caregivers. The Cleveland chapter serves five different counties and most of their services are free to the public.
You and your family member can take part in the Art in the Afternoon program. This special program is designed for caregivers as well as Alzheimer’s patients and takes you on a guided tour through the Cleveland Museum of Art. These tours are free of charge and offer a good way to connect with other caregivers and get a new experience.
Support Groups are another good way to connect with other caregivers. You can share your problems and frustrations as well as ideas and tips on how to be a better caregiver. These meetings meet in various locations and at different times so you should be able to find one that fits your schedule. Some groups also offer respite care so you don’t have to leave your loved one alone to attend.
You can also find a significant amount of help and support online. The Helpline is open 24/7 and you can also join in on message boards and chat groups. There is also a caregiver resource page that has helpful training tools and information.
Your local Area Agency on Aging is also a good place to go when you need to find caregiver services. The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging has a Family Caregiver Support Program that will meet with you and address your unique concerns and needs. They will help you come up with a plan to best serve you and your loved one whether that is respite care, adult daycare, or in-home care. Call 800-626-7277 to set up an appointment today.
Veterans and their caregivers can take advantage of all the services that their local VA medical center offers. Along with plenty of programs for senior veterans, there are caregiver support and services too. These programs and services can include:
Peer support programs that pair you with other caregivers to act as mentors and support for each other.
Caregiver support line that is a telephone program where you can learn more about medical services, find programs you’re qualified for, or even vent your frustrations.
Trained professional caregiver support coordinator that will help you find the right program for your needs.
Care services like respite care or adult day care.
In-home health services such as homemakers or home health aides.
Skilled nursing or hospice care if needed.
You can find out more about all of these services by calling your caregiver support coordinator at 216-791-3800.
The Ohio Department of Aging has a Family Caregiver support program. They have teamed up with the Ohio Family Children First Council and the Ohio Respite Coalition to provide easier and more widespread access to respite services in Ohio. You can also find out more information on caregiving by checking out their website and reading their fact sheets and infographics.
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