Family caregivers are growing more popular because many seniors are turning to their families to help care for them as they get older. A family caregiver can be a natural choice for them because it allows them to stay in their homes longer with people they know caring for them but it can be a big job. If you have been feeling burned out or alone in your caregiving duties, that’s perfectly reasonable, and there are some resources here in Gilbert you can use to help you out.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most common diseases that requires a caregiver and family members are most often the ones who become the caregiver. Alzheimer’s is also a very stressful condition to care for and it’s important to take care of yourself so you can continue caring for your loved one. The Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has a few great resources you can use.
The central region offers a variety of support groups that you can visit. Support groups are a great chance to meet other caregivers and share advice and encouragement through difficult times. Weekly meetings can also serve as a little break from your duties and a few groups even offer respite care. You can check the calendar to find a time that works for you and if you can’t make it to a meeting you can always connect online at ALZConnected.
Education is a critical part of being a caregiver, and through the Alzheimer’s Association, you can find plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. There are programs offered in and around Gilbert that address things like the basics of the disease or how to deal with extra stress around the holidays. There are also annual education conferences and a professional caregiver training course.
Art can be a powerful form of therapy and a way to express the complicated emotions that come with being a caregiver. Expressions is a program that allows both patients and caregivers to use art to connect with others and share their story. You can find these works of art online and even contribute your piece to help connect to others.
Region One serves as Gilbert’s area agency on aging, and they run the Family Caregiver Support Program. This program helps caregivers for seniors 60 and older find information and assistance they need to do their job. There are meal delivery services, respite care, caregiver coordination, and much more. Region One also has caregiver resource zones and support groups throughout the county. If you want to find out more about these services you can call (602) 264-4357.
Veterans know they can go to their VA for their health care needs, but not many know that their caregivers can find supportive services there as well. Caregivers can find:
In home health care help through a homemaker or home health aide
Adult day care programs
A national hotline to help whenever there is a problem or question
Telehealth system which can help housebound seniors get medical care
Peer support groups so caregivers can connect with one another
To learn more about these services and find which ones are best for you and your loved one, call the Caregiver Coordinator at (602) 277-5551.
Duet Partners in Health and Aging is a group that provides a range of services for caregivers. They have their own support groups, workshops and seminars, referral services, and even a volunteer respite program. They also have links to additional resources as well as answers to frequently asked questions. If you want to learn more about Duet, you can call (602) 274-5022.
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