When you become a caregiver for a family member, you suddenly have a lot of extra responsibilities. Not only do you have to take care of yourself and your household but your loved one relies on you for almost everything. It can feel like a lonely and daunting task at some points and you might feel guilty about wanting a break or needing help. Don’t, it’s perfectly normal to need a helping hand as a caregiver and fortunately there are many programs and services you can use to help with your duties. Here are just a few services that you can find in the Detroit area.
If you are caring for a family member that has Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia and memory loss then you will want to check out the Alzheimer’s Association. They not only provide care and resources for people living with Alzheimer’s but the make sure those who care for those individuals have the care and resources they need to do their job.
Support groups are one of the best ways to deal with the responsibility of caregiving. There are caregiver meetings throughout Wayne County and Detroit that meet on various days of the week and at various times so you can find one that works best for you. At these meetings, you can talk with other caregivers and trained professionals and gather information, tips, experience, and support from your fellow caregivers. There is also respite care available at some meetings so you can attend and not worry about leaving your loved one.
You can also get a care consultation if you live in the metro Detroit area. These consultations are designed to help both caregivers and their family members come up with a care plan that works for everyone. A professional will come in and assess the needs of the Alzheimer’s patient and the caregiver and then work with them to come up with a care plan that meets everyone's needs. You might be able to use Medicaid B services to pay for a care consultation.
The Harry L. Nelson Helpline is another good tool to have as a caregiver. It is a 24/7 support line that offers confidential support and information for patients and caregivers alike. You can also get referrals to other services or programs.
You can contact the Detroit Area Agency on Aging for more information about caregiving and to find out about their Creating Confident Caregivers program. This educational workshop is a way to learn new techniques and practices to make you a more effective caregiver. This is a free program and there are several locations and times that you can attend. Just call 313-446-4444 to get more information.
If your loved one is a veteran you can utilize the caregiver support tools that are offered through the VA healthcare system at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center. Their caregiver support resources include programs like:
Peer Support for Caregivers which connects caregivers to each other so they can mentor one another and share their experiences and knowledge. Caregiver Coordinator who can match you to all of the services and programs that you and your loved one are eligible for. Caregiver Support Line which is a toll-free number you can call to find out about available programs, your local VA health system, or just listen to you talk.
You can also find things like:
Adult day care centers Respite care Skilled home care Hospice care Homemaker services
In order to use these services, you need to contact your local Caregiver Coordinator at 313-576-1000.
The Senior Alliance works in conjunction with the Area Agency on Aging and has a lot of resources for caregivers. You can find out more about community-based programs like adult day care, chore services, legal assistance, and Medicaid. They also have links to support groups and caregiver alliances around the area. You can contact the Senior Alliance at 800-815-1112.
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