Often, accessing paid, full-time care for a chronically ill loved one isn’t feasible. It falls on the shoulders of a close relative to provide their loved one’s daily needs. Frequently, the caregiver is acting alone, or with very little help, and that can be very stressful.
Fortunately for Kansas City caregivers, there are many resources available to alleviate the burden of being the sole source of care. Keep reading to learn about just a few of the resources and organizations located in and near Kansas City dedicated to caring for the caregivers.
As a global organization, the Alzheimer’s Association has become the face of Alzheimer’s. Helping both Alzheimer’s sufferers and the people who love and care for them is the core mission of this organization.
With offices set up all across the United States, you’re always close to a local chapter. You can contact the Alzheimer’s Association to find out about programs, local support groups, and other kinds of help that can make the caregiver’s job easier.
The Alzheimer’s Association reaches millions of people that are affected by Alzheimer’s around the world through their headquarters based in Chicago, an office in Washington, D.C., and chapters located regionally across the U.S. They are the leading organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.
The professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 offers valuable information and timely advice to almost half a million callers every year and if English isn’t your native language, they provide translation services for over 200 languages.
Feeling connected to our fellow human beings is as essential as the need to eat and sleep. Providing care for someone every day, and every hour of the day removes most chances for people to interact with others, which can create a crushing sense of isolation that is far from healthy.
ALZConnected, an organization that cooperates with the Alzheimer’s Association, provides a free online community for everyone affected by Alzheimer’s and other degenerative memory disorders.
Join the forums to meet others dealing with the same concerns, worries, and questions that you have. The forums are a great place to learn breaking news about new treatments, assistance programs, and general information with other caregivers.
If the family member you’re caring for is a U.S. veteran who qualifies, there is a program called Veteran’s Administration Caregivers Support. The VA, besides seeing to the needs of American veterans, also takes care of their caregivers.
Call the Veteran’s Administration Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 for immediate assistance and to ask questions about what services are available to you and your U.S. vet family member.
The Veteran’s Administration has also developed the Caregiver Peer Support Mentoring Program. The Program connects caregivers to each other to provide support and share information with each other. The VA’s Peer Support Mentoring program offers an opportunity for caregivers to share their experience, skills, and knowledge with each other and to benefit from peer guidance.
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