Our society is trending towards supporting seniors as they age in place. Reports have shown that they are happier and healthier when they can stay in familiar surroundings. There are financial benefits for states and governments in helping seniors remain at home as long as possible, as compared with admitting them to nursing homes. Helping seniors remain at home means that they will need more help at home. Family members often enjoy taking care of their aging parents or loved ones, but they also need respite and support to continue the difficult job of caregiving. Here are some places to look for caregiver help.
Office on Aging administers a federally funded program called the National Family Caregiver Support Program that offers services for senior caregivers that care for seniors aged 60 and over. The program also offers funding for grandparents age 60 and over, who are the primary caregivers of minor children. Grandparents can get information, assistance, counseling, support, training, respite care, and supplemental services.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee is a non-profit organization of eldercare professionals and family members that are committed to serving others that are living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through brain health education, treatment, and advocacy. Alzheimer’s Tennessee trains support facilitators to run support groups for family members that care for seniors on a full-time or part-time basis. The program also has a program for individuals that are facing early stage Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, mild memory loss, or cognitive impairment, that is called Early Stage Memory Café.
Concord United Methodist Church hosts a family caregiver support group as sponsored by Alzheimer’s Tennessee. It meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 10am until noon. The support group offers education and emotional support from other senior family support caregivers. The church also has a lending library of books and DVD’s on eldercare topics such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Concord United Methodist Church also offers an adult day care program called CADES. The program offers seniors a structured program of services and activities that includes care, social contact, and supervision for physical and mental functioning impairments. Seniors may attend weekdays from 8:30am until 5pm. The CADES program also offers support, education, and respite for caregivers.
East Tennessee Area Agency on Aging & Disability offers many services for seniors, including the Family Caregiver Support Program. The agency provides information, assistance, counseling, respite care, and limited supplementary services. The program is open to individuals that provide care for seniors age 60 and older, or that have Alzheimer’s disease, or a related disorder, regardless of their age.
Knox County Veteran’s Services is connected with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Knox County Veteran’s Services administers this program to connect caregivers with the federal Caregiver Support Program. The federal government provides caregivers of senior veterans with information, tools, and other resources. They also provide a warm line for caregivers to have a supportive person to talk to. The program will also have a list of services to help the caregiver provide the best care for their veteran family member at home.
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