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Irvine Support Groups for Caregivers

As you take care of your loved one, you need to remember to care for yourself by taking breaks to recharge.  Local government agencies, nonprofits, and medical facilities offer services to caregivers through educational programs, respite care options, and support groups.  Take advantage of the help out there.  Here are some resources in Irvine to assist you with your caregiving.

Irvine Adult Day Health Services

You can find various programs from Irvine Adult Day Health Services.  From the initial contact, the staff will work closely with you to determine what services are best.  You will receive all the tools and encouragement you need to make that decision.  If your loved one goes to the Center for care, you will know they are in a safe environment getting the attention they deserve.

The Center also has Caregiver Support Meetings to share ideas with other peers.

The Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County

The Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County knows that care can be difficult for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  They provide programs to educate, support, locate services, and more.

The Association is there for you 24/7 through the Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 for questions about:

The Association’s programs

Care options and consultations

Caregiving tips

Respite care options

Emotional support

Local support groups can help you emotionally by meeting face-to-face with others in similar situations and sharing concerns and successes. You can also join the online community to connect with others across the nation if attending meetings is hard for you.

Education can be helpful. The Association offers various educational opportunities both online and at workshops.

Find area services quickly with the help of the Association’s Community Resource Finder.

Call your local chapter at 949.426.8544 or Helpline to learn more.

VA Support Programs

If you care for a veteran, you may be eligible for services at the VA Long Beach Health Care System. Caregivers of veterans may utilize these services:

In-home services including homemaking, skilled nursing care, and home health aides

A dedicated Helpline for all questions at 855.260.3274

Adult day centers

In-home respite care

Peer support groups for caregivers

Hospice home care

Contact the local Caregiver Support Coordinator at 562.826.8000, extension 4985, for more details.

Caregiver Resource Center of Orange County

You can work directly with a care coordinator to explore community resources, find education programs, and other useful information on caregiving. There are caregiver support groups in various languages from the Caregiver Resource Center.  Here are some services available:

Respite care for breaks or when you are unavailable

Educational opportunities through seminars, workshops, and conferences

Ongoing counseling for support

Family consultation in your home

Monthly workshops for legal assistance on elder law issues

Multicultural services in Vietnamese and Spanish languages

Caregiver Advocacy Network to help with legislators

Learn more by calling 1.800.543.8312.  You can also sign-up for their newsletter or follow on Facebook for regular updates.

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