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Laredo Support Groups for Caregivers

Caring for a loved one is hard work along with being very critical.  As the Baby Boomer generation enters the golden years, the need for care is growing.  More and more families are choosing to care for their loved one, so non-profits, health care systems, city agencies, and state programs are providing services to help these caregivers. Because the work can be so demanding at times, it’s important to take regular breaks.  Here are some great resources in the Laredo area to give you a break you deserve.

The Alzheimer’s Association of San Antonio and South Texas

The Alzheimer’s Association provides several educational opportunities for caregivers and patients.  If it is hard for you to attend an event, there are several online educational tools and a virtual community for support.

You can call the Helpline at any time you need to chat.  The trained professional on the other end of the line knows the ins and outs of this disease and can help you with stressful times.  You can reach this line 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900.

You can utilize the Community Resource Finder for assistance finding local services.

This chapter offers Memories in the Making, which is an art program for people with memory disorders to help stimulate and engage the brain.

Laredo Stroke Support Group

There are more than 200 stroke survivors in Laredo.  The Laredo Stroke Support Group offers various social programs for stroke survivors, caregivers, and families.  They also offer wellness programs.  This support group can help you meet others and find out about other local resources.

The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) of the South Texas Development Council

You can work with the AAA to create a plan for various support programs including respite care. There are several programs for your loved one including nutrition, transportation, benefits counseling, legal assistance, referrals, and more.

The AAA offers a Caregiver In-Home Respite Care to provide temporary relief. This program also assists with housekeeping, cooking, and social activities.

To learn more about AAA programs, you can call 956.722.3995 or send an online inquiry.

VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Hospital

If you are caring for a senior veteran, the VA offers support through the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Hospital System.  Various services they provide include:

Caregiver support line for information or assistance at 855.260.3274

Adult day centers for respite care

Peer support group to share ideas and experiences

Homemaker help, home health aides, and nursing care in the home

Hospice home care

Respite care at home to give the caregiver a break

Additional services for post 9/11 veterans including stipend, training, and medical

coverage.

Contact your local services coordinator at 956.618.7127 to find out about local services and determine your eligibility.

Additional Caregiver Services from DADS

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability (DADS) offers a listing of area respite care providers.  Your local office can give you additional information on funding this care including Medicaid.  For more information on these services and to determine your eligibility, call 1.800.252.9240.

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