Family caregivers perform one of our nation’s toughest and most important jobs. Nonprofit organizations, states, city and county agencies, and health care systems are providing more support services for caregivers as more people care for their aging family members. It is okay for you to take breaks. In fact, it is often necessary. Fortunately, there are a number of caregiver benefit and support programs in Fresno that will give you some relief. Here are four of them.
The Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association serves a broad area that covers two states. They provide educational programs, support groups, and other services for the public, Alzheimer’s patients, professionals, and family members. There are many ways for Alzheimer’s caregivers to get help from the group:
You can get assistance over the phone at (800) 272-3900 or online in the Alzheimer’s Association’s forums at all hours of the day and night.
At locations throughout Fresno, you can engage in in-person caregiver support groups. Among the numerous places caregivers congregate in Fresno are UCSF Fresno Alzheimer & Memory Center, Valley Caregiver Resource Center, Bella Vista Memory Center, Cedar Brook Memory Care, and Cottonwood Court Assisted Living. The Community Resource Finder will help you locate groups near you. Select the “Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events” tab then choose “Support Groups.”
The Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter also offers a number of classes on an array of topics, including “Getting Connected: Alzheimer’s Association Programs & Services,” “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease,” and more.
For benefits information and program eligibility, Fresno residents aged 60 years and over along with their caregivers can contact the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging. They work with local groups and the state to offer family caregivers stress reduction, care planning, and respite care when their loved ones need assistance with two or more activities of daily living. For more information, contact (559) 600-4405.
Family caregivers of older veterans have access to a range of support resources from the VA Central California Health Care System. The VA offers the following forms of support:
New and experienced caregivers can exchange info and ideas in peer support groups You can get a break thanks to adult day care centers Caregivers whose loved ones cannot travel to doctor appointments can access telehealth and home-based primary care In-home hospice care Home health aides, homemaker help, and skilled nursing care at home relieve your workload Home respite care A national hotline for VA caregiver support and info at (855) 260-3274 Contact the Fresno caregiver support coordinator near you to discover more about what services you and your loved one may be eligible for.
The California Department of Aging can assist you with finding Fresno-area respite care providers and support services. They can also connect you with Medicaid programs that will help cover your respite care costs. For more information and instructions on how to apply for DA services, call (800) 510-2020.
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