Taking care of a senior relative requires time, skill, and patience. It can be a difficult job to accomplish by yourself, which is why a number of Colorado Springs organizations have dedicated themselves to helping families provide quality care for their loved one at home.
Families who struggle to provide care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease are not alone. Colorado Springs residents can turn to the Colorado Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association to find support and assistance. Monthly caregiver support groups are held at convenient locations throughout the city, while online forums allow caregivers to connect with each other from home. Diversity and outreach programs support local multicultural communities, offering services in Spanish, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.
Educational programs give caregivers the opportunity to better understand what their loved one is going through as their dementia progresses. Families can take courses in how to detect Alzheimer’s early on and how to plan legally and financially for the onset of the disease, as well as how to communicate with dementia patients and handle behavioral issues. Workshops that revolve around Living With Alzheimer’s patients are available for early, middle and late stage caregivers.
You can find additional dementia resources in your area through the Alzheimer’s Association online Community Resource Finder. This tool allows caregivers to easily search through events, medical services, community outreach programs and more within their neighborhood. You can also call the Association’s 24 hour National Hotline at 1-800-272-3900 to speak with a representative about services in your area.
The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging helps Colorado Springs seniors and their caregivers to locate support services. The Family Caregiver Support Center is a one-stop shop for friends or relatives who care for an elderly loved one, offering counseling services, classes, support groups, and even biannual caregiver pampering days. The Pikes Peak Caregiver Respite Voucher Program provides families with 12 hours of home respite care or 32 hours of adult day care every 30 days, allowing caregivers to take regular breaks to tend to personal affairs. Call the Caregiver Support Center during business hours at (719) 886-7526 for more information about these programs.
If you look after a loved one who served in the armed forces, you may be able to access caregiver support services through the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Families can improve the quality of care that they provide by seeking assistance from the VA.
Peer-to-peer support groups help families manage the emotional challenges of caring for a veteran. Adult day centers look after veterans during business hours, providing relief for caregivers during the workday. Caregivers can take advantage of up to 30 days of home respite care services through the VA each year. Telehealth services, home-based primary care and skilled home nursing care help families to manage the medical needs of their housebound loved ones. Homemaker services and home health aides help out with cleaning, shopping, daily living activities and more. Home hospice services provide palliative care for terminal patients and support for their families.
Caregivers can call the VA Caregiver Support Hotline at 1-855-260-3274 or contact their neighborhood Caregiver Support Coordinator to access the support services that they need to provide top quality care at home.
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing helps families living in Colorado to access affordable health care services. Low-income seniors and their caregivers can find out how to apply for Medicare or Medicaid benefits in order to save on health care bills. Family members that act as a caregiver may even be able to earn money for the care that they provide by qualifying as an In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Agency attendant. Families can reach the Customer Contact Center by calling 1-800-221-3943 to find out more about Colorado caregiver support programs.
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