Caregiving can be demanding and very rewarding at the same time. However, taking breaks from time to time can help you from burnout just like any other job. The need for caregiver resources continues to grow as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age. More government agencies, nonprofits, and health care systems are adding caregiver support programs to meet this growing need. Here are some resources in the Fort Wayne area to help you get the much-needed support you need and deserve.
You can find so much strength and emotional support caring for someone by joining a support group. Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana offers a variety of support groups. If leaving to attend meetings is hard with your schedule, the American Cancer Society offers online support groups.
Cancer Services also provides assistance with financial consultations, legal advice, education, referrals, resource library, home health supplies, and more.
For more information, you can visit the office at 6316 Mutual Drive in Fort Wayne or call 260.484.9560.
The Alzheimer’s Association knows how important caregiver education and support are. The Indiana Chapter offers a variety of programs and services including care consultation, education, local area resource guides, education, references to clinical trials, and help 24/7. The online library of materials is extensive for those who have a hard time attending seminars.
The Helpline is available 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900. You can ask questions, find information on local services, get financial and legal advice, determine the best caregiving strategies, discuss treatment options, and inquire about memory disorders and health in general.
The website lists local support groups so you can meet with other caregivers for someone to talk to or ask advice. This site also lists area conferences and training programs.
You can also find extensive educational materials available in the online library and local lending libraries, including DVDs, brochures, books, and audio tapes. Alzheimer’s Association has a virtual community for caregivers to share ideas and experiences throughout the country.
To learn more about these programs, you can visit the Northeast Indiana Office at 6324 Constitution Drive in Fort Wayne or call 260.420.5547.
Learn more about Parkinson’s disease with local support groups, educational materials, and an advocate for the best care. The Fort Wayne area hosts a Caregiver Class, so you can learn the best way to care for your loved one.
For more details, call 317.255.1993.
If you are caring for a veteran, you can inquire about help through the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System. Support for caregivers includes:
One point of contact through the Helpline at 855.260.3274 for inquiries and assistance
Temporary relief for caregivers through adult day centers or in the home
Peer support groups with other caregivers
Home care such as homemaking, skilled nursing care, and home health aides
Hospice home care
Additional services for veterans injured post 9/11 includes stipend, training, and medical coverage
Learn more about these services and check your eligibility by calling 800.360.8387, extension 71608.
The Aging and In-Home Services (AIHS) of Northeast Indiana offers Family Caregiver Support Groups that included guided discussions. You can also request respite care so that you can attend these meetings.
AIHS is a part of the Area on Agency and also provides BRI/Care Consultation, which is a coaching program for caregivers over the phone. Care Consultants help the caregivers manage medical care, find resources, and offer advice on solutions.
To learn more about these programs, call 1.800.552.3662.
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