As our loved ones age, sometimes they need daily care and commonly, a family member will step in to provide it. Family caregivers have an important job, and many Indianapolis agencies are available to offer guidance, support, and resources to help. Local non-profit chapters, health care systems in the area, agencies at the city and county level, and state-administered programs can help caregivers manage their responsibilities, their own health and well-being, and provide a high quality of care for their loved one. These are four providers in Indianapolis with programs and services that caregivers find helpful.
The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter provides services to 73 counties in the state through their three offices located in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Merrillville. Their programs are designed to help patients with the disease, the medical professionals who treat them, their caregivers, and their families with information, education, support, and hope. They offer many different services specific to caregivers, including the ones outlined below.
Care consultations done by clinical social workers either in person or over the phone can help individuals and families to understand and better manage their care needs.
Monthly caregiver support groups offer a safe space where caregivers can meet with their peers and receive advice, ideas, and emotional support. There are several at locations throughout the city, and it’s free to participate.
Trained and knowledgeable staff are available around the clock by phone at the 24-hour helpline by calling (800) 272-3900. There are also a number of online resources, including the ALZConnected message boards where you can network with others who are impacted by the disease day and night.
Education programs that cover a variety of topics like “Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior” and “Effective Communication Strategies” are held regularly in the area. Find locations and register by calling 800.272.3900.
The Central Indiana Council on Aging (CICOA) provides help and resources to 8 Indiana counties, including Marion. They coordinate and broker in-home care services for seniors in the area, run the aging and disability resource center that assists seniors, their families, and their caregivers over the phone and in person with questions and issues, and they provide caregiver support through groups, workshops, and the Safe at Home program. For help with their programs or questions about services available to seniors in the area, call toll-free 800-489-9550 or visit their office at 4755 Kingsway Drive, Suite 200.
The VA Medical Center in Indianapolis administers health benefits to veterans in the area, including programs that help family caregivers of veterans find care services like:
peer support groups for caregivers around the clock access to the VA support hotline (855) 260-3274 adult day care programs for Indianapolis senior vets referrals for in-home respite care providers primary medical care services provided at home homemaker, home health aide, and skilled nursing staff who provide caregivers with in-home assistance and respite hospice support for seniors and their loved ones
To understand what benefits your loved one may be eligible to receive, begin by calling the caregiver support coordinator at the VA at 317-554-0000.
The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is responsible for the Medicaid program in the state, which may cover the cost of respite care for your family member. To learn more about the state-funded programs for seniors, call 1-800-457-8283.
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