Family caregivers are tasked with some of the most important and challenging work on a daily basis, looking after the health and well-being of loved one. Being a primary caregiver for a family member is becoming more common, and as society continues to age and the need for family caregivers continues to grow, healthcare systems, non-profit groups, as well as city, county, and state agencies are stepping up the plate with programs and services to help. Taking care of yourself as a caregiver is important to managing your own health, and these 4 service providers in Ft. Worth have programs that can help.
The North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has an office in Ft. Worth, and through the local efforts of the national non-profit, they provide services to 40 counties in the area. Educational programs for patients and caregivers, over the phone and online support, and in-person support groups are just a few of the many services they offer.
A variety of educational programs are offered monthly throughout Ft. Worth, covering topics of interest to caregivers like “Living with Alzheimer's: For Care Partners at the Early Stage” and “Know the 10 Signs.” Programs are offered in both English and in Spanish, are free to the public, and require registration to attend.
Help for caregivers is easy to find by phone or online through the Alzheimer’s association resources. Call toll-free (800) 272-3900 to speak to an advisor, or log into the online forums to chat with peers and professionals about your questions. Free monthly in-person support groups for caregivers can be a valuable opportunity to discuss issues, share experiences, and meet with others who share your concerns. There are over a dozen in the county at locations like Arbor Lawn United Methodist Church, Autumn Leaves of Fossil Creek, University Christian Church, and First United Methodist Church. Some groups even offer respite care during the meeting for your loved one. To find the location nearest you, use the Community Resource Finder. Log on, click on “Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events,” then enter your zip code and click search.
Part of the United Way and Funded by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County links older adults with programs and services in their area. They offer specialized programs to caregivers, including coping strategies, assisting with respite care, workshops, assistance with long-term care planning, and helping to determine Medicare and Medicaid eligibility. Contact them at 1-888-730-2372,
Senior veterans are eligible for benefits that can help family caregivers provide the best quality of life possible. Caregiver support can include things like: Support groups comprised of peers in the area to exchange best practices and information
Access to a national hotline that provides support to caregivers of vets at (855) 260-3274
Daytime care through adult day centers in the area giving respite to family caregivers
Respite care in the home
Skilled staff in the home such as homemakers, health aides, and skilled nursing staff to offer relief to a caregiver
Hospice services and care
To access the benefits, you’ll first need to contact the VA caregiver support coordinator at 800-849-3597 to discuss needed programs and services and eligibility.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services can offer assistance with a number of things, including finding support services and respite care providers in your area. They also can give you guidance on eligibility criteria for Medicaid programs that can fund the cost of respite care. To learn more about how to apply for services, or for questions, call 211 or (800) 252-9240.
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