Providing daily care to a loved one is both a tough job and a very important one. Family caregivers who look after their loved ones can look for assistance and services in many local places like non-profit agencies, Cleveland health care systems, city and county senior agencies, and programs offered through the state. Support services can provide needed breaks for caregivers that allow them to stay healthy both physically and mentally so that they can provide the best possible care for their loved ones. In Cleveland, you’ll find support and assistance programs for caregivers through these four local providers.
The Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter serves a five-county area around the city and provides seniors with the disease, their families, caregivers, and medical professionals who treat the disease with support and services. Some of their programs include educational workshops, support groups, online resources, and fundraisers in the community. Here are a few samples of programs offered to help caregivers in the area.
Care consultations are available over the phone or in person to assist individuals and families with identifying the needs of their loved one and developing a plan that provides ongoing support.
Support groups are held monthly at locations around the city and are specifically for caregivers of someone with the disease. An Alzheimer’s Association trained facilitator leads the meeting where ideas, information and support are exchanged amongst peers. These groups are free of charge, and registration isn’t required to attend.
Sometimes, you’ll have a question or need immediate help, and the 24-hour helpline is always available. Call by phone toll-free at (800) 272-3900. If you prefer to talk with someone online you can visit the Alzheimer’s Association’s message boards with questions.
The community education programs offered through the Alzheimer’s Association include monthly workshops on a variety of topics, as well as Dementia Care Clinics for caregivers. Most of the classes are free of charge, and advance registration is required. Call 800-272-3900 to learn about area events and get signed up to attend.
The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging is designated by the state as the authority on services in the home and community that support older adults in Cuyahoga county. The Agencies goal is to provide resources and services that maximize the quality of life for seniors in the area, and they do so by providing information, support, and advocacy to seniors, their families, and their caregivers. For help with questions about respite care, long-term care planning, help with health insurance or Medicaid questions, case management, and other aging issues, contact them by phone at 800.626.7277 or in person at their office at 925 Euclid Avenue, Suite 600.
Veterans are offered great benefits through the VA, and among them are resources for family caregivers. Coordinated through the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, caregivers can utilize programs like these:
support groups of peers who are experienced in caregiving 24/7 access to a support hotline (855) 260-3274 adult day care programs for seniors in Cleveland agencies who offer in-home respite care primary medical care offered in the home homemaker, home health aide, and skilled nursing staff that are available to assist in the home hospice support and services for patients and their families
To learn more about these and other services, contact the caregiver support coordinator at the VA by calling 216-791-3800.
The Ohio Department of Aging is the entity who manages the states’ senior programs, including providing licenses to nursing homes, adult day cares and administering Medicaid programs that could pay for respite care for your loved one. To learn more about programs and services available through the state, call toll-free at 1-800-266-4346.
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