Family caregivers are often the unsung heroes of senior care. As the population ages, more seniors turn to their family members for their care needs. Because the elderly population is getting bigger each year, there are more groups and services available for family caregivers than ever before. To be the best caregiver you can, you need to use as many resources at your disposal as possible, and these four groups are a great place to start.
The Desert Southwest Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves all of Arizona and cities including Henderson in Southern Nevada. They have several services and programs that are designed to help caregivers provide the best care for their loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Here are a few of the resources that the Alzheimer’s Association offers Southern Nevada.
Caregivers can find a variety of professional caregiver training programs through the Desert Southwest Chapter. There are conferences every spring that provide education and training for caregivers, and they are open to the public. There is also a web-based training program, CARES, that contain ten one-hour training modules that teach things like the basics of dementia care, connecting with patients, and maintaining health.
Expressions is a program that is open to both patients with Alzheimer’s and their family caregivers. Through artwork, poems, paintings, stories, and videos, caregivers can share what it’s like to care for someone with Alzheimer’s. It’s a way to connect with others going through the same thing and creatively express your emotions.
Many caregivers find comfort and assistance through local support groups, and the Alzheimer’s Association makes sure they provide as many as they can for each region. These groups allow caregivers to meet with one another and share stories and encouragement about their experiences. There are three groups available in Henderson, and each one meets once a month on a different day. Some groups might provide respite care, so you don’t have to worry about your loved one while you’re at a meeting.
If you can’t make it to a meeting, you can always visit the online caregiver’s resource center to log into chat rooms and talk with other caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association also has a 24-hour helpline at (800) 272-3900.
Caregivers can find some support through Clark County Senior Services. There are programs for long-term care that include adult day care centers that can provide respite care if you need to take a break. The county also has a homemaker home health aide program that provides short and long term personal care task for seniors at home. Services could include grocery shopping, laundry, and light housekeeping and can help caregivers with all the duties they frequently perform throughout the day.
If you care for a veteran, then you’re entitled to caregiver support through the local VA healthcare system. Caregivers can find assistance through:
Support groups with new and experienced caregivers
Respite care through adult day care centers
Caregiver support line available 24/7
Caregiver support care coordinator that can find the services that best fit your needs
Homemaker and home health program
Home telehealth system for medical care for seniors that can’t leave the house
To learn more about these programs and find the ones that suit your needs, call the Southern Nevada Caregiver Coordinator at (702) 791-9000 ext. 14498.
The Nevada Care Planning Council has useful information and resources for family caregivers. You can learn about long-term care planning, home care services, and adult day care services in your area. Nevada Senior Services also has an adult day care center in Henderson that runs a caregiver support group and other meetings for seniors and their caregivers. You can call (702) 368-2273 to register or learn more.
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