A family caregiver often works tirelessly and sometimes without help to make sure their loved one has everything they need. It can be a draining job especially if you have no support and can lead to burnout. Support groups are an excellent way to take care of yourself and your family members because they allow you to connect with others who can give you advice and encouragement. Corpus Christi has a few support groups you can join as well as other supportive services to make your job better.
Alzheimer’s is perhaps one of the most common and most challenging diseases to care for. That’s why they have plenty of resources for caregivers to help them take care of their family member and themselves. Support groups play a significant role in these resources, and you can find them in various locations throughout the region. You can check the calendar for groups in your area.
You can also find an online support group through the Association’s online Caregiver Center. Here there are groups, forums, and blogs along with a ton of other resources you can use when you feel like you need some extra support.
WellMed Health Group has created a program that helps support caregivers in their daily duties. On their site, you can find information and data about being a caregiver as well as find locations of the nearest Caregiver SOS center. There are four different centers, and the Lindale Center is located in Corpus Christi.
At Caregiver SOS, you can find plenty of supportive services. You can use the Caregiver Teleconnection which puts you in contact with professionals and other caregivers to get the information and support you need, all through your phone. The number for the teleconnection is (866) 390-6491. They also have online support groups through Facebook and Twitter and a stress-busting program to help you take a break from your duties and unwind.
Through the local area agency on aging, you can apply for the Family Caregiver Support Program. This program will help you find the information and assistance you need to do your job and take care of yourself. You can find supplemental services for your family member like a meal delivery service or someone to come over and tidy up the house.
They also have respite care programs for when you need to take a break and various support groups you can join in the area. There groups for those caring for Alzheimer’s and groups for nursing home patients and grandparents caring for children. You can call (361) 883-3935 for more information.
Take Time Texas is a program run through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS). This program helps caregivers find respite care in their area and can help them get a voucher to pay for it if they aren’t able to themselves.
If you’re new to caregiving, you can find information and other resources through Take Time Texas in addition to respite care. They link to online resources that can help you learn about being a caregiver and connect you to other supportive services and networks. If you want to find out more about any of these programs you can call (512) 438-3011.
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