If you look after an elderly friend or relative, you know that acting as an informal caregiver comes with unique challenges and responsibilities. Public and private organizations throughout Michigan provide the educational resources, home health options and emotional support that families need to keep their loved ones happy and healthy.
Detroit families who care for a relative with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related form of dementia can contact the Greater Michigan chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association to access education initiatives, support groups and specialized respite care programs for informal caregivers. Those who are feeling overwhelmed with their responsibilities can schedule a professional care consultation to learn more about how local senior services can offer day to day assistance for overworked caregivers. The Michigan Dementia Care and Support program provides in-home care consultations for Alzheimer’s caregivers living in Detroit.
Caregivers who are looking for nearby home health agencies, adult day care programs, assisted living options and more can contact the Alzheimer’s Association to find local resources and referrals by calling 1-800-272-3900. The organization’s online forums also offer information, advice and answers to questions.
Detroit’s local Area Agency on Aging, The Senior Solution, aims to help seniors and their families access the care and support that they need to live in comfort and good health. The Medicare-Medicaid Assistance Program counsels families on how to cover the costs of these services using government benefits. Families that look after a loved one with dementia can learn how to reduce stress and increase confidence in their caregiving abilities by participating in the Creating Confident Caregivers Program. To learn more about caregiver support in your area, contact The Senior Solution at 313-446-4444.
The John D. Dingell VA Medical Center helps Detroit caregivers to look after friends and relatives who have served in the armed forces. Caregivers can learn more about support programs and eligibility requirements by connecting with their local Caregiver Support Coordinator. Families can take advantage of programs such as:
Peer-to-peer support groups
Adult day health and respite care programs
Home-based primary care and telehealth services
Skilled home nursing care
Homemaker and home health aide services
Home hospice care
For more information, call the VA National Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274. You learn how local support programs help families living throughout Detroit to care for an elderly or disabled veteran.
Detroit caregivers can turn to the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging (OSA) to locate support groups, counseling and training program, respite care services and adult day care programs. Low-income families can also contact the OSA learn more about how to pay for senior healthcare services through Medicare or Medicaid. Visit your local Area Agency on Aging or call 517-373-8230 to speak with a representative about caregiver support in your neighborhood.
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