Being a caregiver to an elderly loved one can be a rewarding but exhausting job. Many seniors rely on family members for their care, and as the baby boomer generation starts to retire, there is a need for caregivers more than ever. Instead of burning yourself out by taking care of your relative, use the caregiver resources in Greensboro to make you a better and more efficient caregiver. Here are a few places you can start your search.
The Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves 49 counties in North Carolina and over 100,000 people living with and caring for Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association does an excellent job providing resources and programs for caregivers because caring for any form of dementia can be stressful and draining. Here are a few of the programs you can use to help.
Each year the Western Carolina Chapter hosts and Dementia Education Conference and Symposium. These events provide information, education, and resources to both professional and family caregivers. They are each a one-day event, but you do have to register ahead of time, so make sure to check the calendar beforehand.
Caregivers can also find educational programs that teach different things like the basics of caregiving and living with Alzheimer’s as a caregiver. Courses run at various times throughout the year, so you should check the calendar to see when they are. There are also online workshops and courses so if you can’t make it to one of the workshops you can still get the valuable information.
Support groups are one of the most valuable resources a caregiver can use. These meetings are a chance to meet with other caregivers and offer knowledge and encouragement. It helps to learn from other people who go through the same experiences as you. Greensboro currently has six support groups in the area, and you can contact the coordinators to find out more information and see if they offer respite care during meeting times.
If you can’t make it to a meeting or leave your loved one in respite care, you can find online support through the caregiver resource center. There are online groups and chat rooms where you can talk with other caregivers and locate the help you need. The Alzheimer’s Association also has a 24-hour helpline that you can call whenever you need assistance at (800) 272-3900.
Caregivers can find even more support through the Piedmont Regional Triad Council. Their caregiver resources include counseling to learn more about caregiver options and support, support groups, educational training, respite care, and supplemental services like meal delivery. Even if the council doesn’t have what you need, they will help you find a local resource. You can call (336) 904-0300 to learn more about their services.
Veterans and their caregivers can find support through the VA healthcare system. Services might include:
Caregiver support line for assistance at any time
Peer support groups with new and experienced caregivers offering help
Access to Caregiver Support Coordinator to find the services that match your needs
In-home care services
Adult day care
Home telehealth system for seniors that can’t leave their homes
Hospice care if needed
If you want to find out more about these services or see which ones you’re eligible for, you can call the Caregiver Support Coordinator at (704) 638-9000.
Caregivers can find more help and support through the Caregiver Information Program. You can find out about the most common topics and problems for caregivers and find the answer to any question you might have. This program can also refer you to other services throughout the area that can serve you and your loved ones. You can call the coordinator at (336) 373-4816 for more information.
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