As our baby boomers age, caregiving is becoming an important part of our society. You will see more support to assist caregivers because this task is daunting, and caregivers need help. There is aid available from the city and state government, non-profit organizations, health systems, and other private groups. These programs give caregivers respite care for needed breaks, education, support, and resources to health care. Here are resources available in El Paso to give you the help you need.
The El Paso/West Texas Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association offers local caregivers support by providing education, regular support groups, and help finding community resources for families and patients, including respite care, hospice, physicians, and residential care listings. You can also find an online library full of useful information on the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of programs including some outlined below.
Early-Stage Social Engagement Program provides socialization for people in early stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. These seniors can get out of the house and become connected with others in the community with activities and social events.
Early Stage Support Groups gives a comfortable environment for those in early stages of Alzheimer’s and their caregivers for training, emotional assistance, social activities, and fun to get connected to the community.
Alzheimer’s disease questions never sleep, and you need support 24/7, which you can find a phone call away at 800.272.3900. Find answers to your questions on an online forum called AlzConnected.
There are also support groups for caregivers that are led by trained professionals. These groups give you a support system and a way to exchange information, get advice, share feelings, and ask about community resources. The El Paso groups meet monthly.
The AAA supports older adults and their families by providing services such as case management, benefits counseling, and caregiver support services.
There are several services specifically for the family caregiver of a veteran. You can find help with VA’s trained professionals in areas such as:
Caregiver Support Line
Caregiver Support Coordinator to match with services
Peer Support to connect you with others
Adult Day Care Centers
Homemaker and Home Health Aides to assist with personal care
Home Telehealth to give you contact with a care coordinator
Respite care to give you a well-deserved break
Home Hospice Care for advanced stages of disease
To learn what support is available to you, call the toll-free VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 855.260.3274.
The Texas Department Health and Human Services provides services for adults 65 and older. They offer various programs to support an older Texan’s well-being such as programs to help the elderly live independently in their current home, guidance with long-term care services, daytime programs, nursing services, provide meals at home, understand benefits, and tools for the caregivers. Call 855.937.2372 to discuss your options with a trained expert and find the right services for you.
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