If you have an elderly parent, grandparent, or relative, the chances are great that you might have to act as a caregiver at some point. As the population ages, more seniors are turning to their family members to provide care. At times, it can be a difficult job that takes a lot of diligence and time which can leave you feeling a little drained. Luckily, many companies, government agencies, and local groups are providing more caregiver support programs to help with burnout. You don’t have to feel guilty for needing a break or relying on other people to share the responsibility and these services offered here in Columbus can make you a better caregiver for your loved one.
Alzheimer’s is a particularly demanding disease not only on those diagnosed with it but their family and caregivers as well. That’s why it’s important to take care of the support services that the Alzheimer’s Association offers through the Central Ohio Chapter.
Support groups are an excellent way to share the burden of your job with other caregivers. It can sometimes feel lonely taking care of a family member with Alzheimer’s or memory loss and talking with others who are going through the same thing helps. There are numerous support groups throughout Central Ohio and Columbus and because they meet at different times you can find one that fits your schedule. There are also specific support groups for different kinds of caregivers, like those in their 20’s or 30’s, that meet too.
The Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance is a program that works with different companies around Ohio to provide them with complimentary tools and resources for their employees who care for a family member with Alzheimer’s.
There are also educational programs that you can attend to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to be a better more effective caregiver. These programs are free and scheduled throughout the year so make sure you check when and where they are offered.
You can also contact the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging to find more resources for caregivers. Through the agency, you can get information about caregiving, find local respite care services, receive counseling, and get legal advice. They also have caregiver education and workshops to help you with your duties as well as local support groups. Call 614-645-7250 for more information.
Not only can veterans get special services through the VA, the people who take care of them can too. The Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center is located in Columbus and offers a wide range of caregiver support services. The programs you can find just for caregivers includes:
Peer Support Mentoring Program- Through this program, you can pair up with another caregiver and learn from their experiences and knowledge. It’s also a great way to get support from someone who has been in your shoes.
Caregiver Support Line- This helpline is a great place to start if you’re new to the VA or you don’t know exactly what to do. They can help connect you with local services or provide a listening ear.
Caregiver Support Coordinator- This trained professional will take care of all caregiving needs by matching you to eligible services and connecting you to valuable resources and information.
VA caregivers can also access services like:
Adult day care centers Respite care Skilled in-home care Homemaker services Health aides Hospice care
To learn more about these programs and services contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator at 614-257-5200.
The Franklin County Office On Aging also has a caregiver support program for family members who are taking care of elderly relatives. This program is limited to a three-month period but you can get help with things like caregiver counseling, respite care, adult day care, and medical equipment. Call Senior Options at 614-525-6200 for more information and to enroll.
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