Some of the hardest and most important work in the country is performed by family caregivers. As the population ages and more people care for their loved ones, county and city agencies, health care systems, nonprofits groups, and states are supplying more support services for caregivers. It is not only okay but necessary for you wellbeing for you to take regular breaks. You can get this relief from these four great resources for caregiver support and benefit programs in Dayton.
The Miami Valley Chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association serves nine counties in the central western area of Ohio with support groups, educational programs, and other services for professionals, family, the public, and Alzheimer’s patients.
Alzheimer’s caregivers can get assistance from the group in several ways:
The Miami Valley Chapter is currently developing the Early State Education and Support Group for diagnosed individuals and their care partners. The series lasts for six months and consists of in-person sessions featuring both education and support elements.
You can find help online in the Alzheimer’s Association’s forums or over the phone at (800) 272-3900 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You can engage in in-person caregiver support groups at locations throughout Dayton. Central Presbyterian Church, Good Shepherd Church, Maria Joseph Center, and Goodwill Easter Seals are among the several places caregivers congregate. Use the Community Resource Finder to find the groups nearest to you. Choose the “Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events” tab then select “Support Groups.”
Dayton residents 60 years of age and better as well as their caregivers can contact the Area Agency on Aging, PSA #2, which serves West Central Ohio, for program eligibility and benefits information. They work with the state and local groups to provide caregivers with care planning, respite care for caregivers whose family members need help with at least two activities of daily living, and stress reduction. Call (800) 258-7277 for more information.
Dayton VA Medical Center provides family caregivers of senior veterans with an array of support resources. The forms of support offered by the VA include:
A national hotline for VA caregiver information and support at (855) 260-3274
Access to home-based primary care and telehealth for caregivers whose family members cannot travel to doctor appointments
Home respite care
Adult day centers that supply care so you can take a break
Homemaker help, home health aides, and skilled nursing care at home to relieve your workload
In peer support groups, experienced and new caregivers can exchange ideas and information
Hospice care in home
To discover more about what services you and your loved one may be eligible for, contact the Dayton caregiver support coordinator at 937-268-6511.
The Ohio Department of Aging can help you find Dayton-area support services and respite care providers. And, they can find Medicaid programs for you to help cover respite care costs. Contact (800) 266-4346 for instructions on how to apply for DA services and for more information.
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