Support is essential when you are doing a tiring job like caregiving. As a large part of the population ages, local government, non-profits, medical providers, and charities are offering more services. Caregivers need relief, and these services help with education, emotional support, respite care, and medical care. Below are some resources here in Las Vegas to help eliminate a caregivers’ stress.
The Desert Southwest Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association serves Arizona and Southern Nevada and provides a variety of free programs including education programs, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, support groups, professional caregiver training, early stage programs, and other resources. The Desert Southwest Chapter holds annual education conferences in the spring. Along with this annual conference, there are a variety of other resources and programs available including:
EPIC Early-stage Partners in Care Program offers free education for caregivers and their loved ones that are in the early stages of memory loss. These training workshops are created to lessen stress, improve the overall well-being, and guide the caregiver through possible challenges.
There are six local support groups in Las Vegas. These groups meet regularly and provide emotional support along with a good listening ear from someone who has been there.
Training and education for caregivers are essential. You can find the seminar above and also Palliative Care Manuals for advanced Alzheimer’s care. If it is hard for you to leave home, there are several web-based training options available.
You can also call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline to speak with a knowledgeable professional on any questions you may have about caregiving including resources available, medications, respite care options, treatment possibilities for Alzheimer’s, or just to talk to someone for emotional support. Give them a call at 1.800.272.3900.
You can visit the online forum for social networking and connect with other caregivers. Visit www.alzconnected.org to join the community.
Nevada Senior Services offers various programs for area seniors and caregivers including caregiver support groups, case management, creative aging programs, comprehensive assessments, and adult day care centers. The adult day care center offers regular caregiver support meetings and activities.
The VA not only provides benefits and services for veterans but also for their caregivers. You can get the support you need through the following programs:
Caregiver Support Line to get you the information you need
Caregiver Support Coordinator to find you the right services
Peer Support to help you find other caregivers
Adult Day Care Centers for a safe and active environment
Home-Based Primary Care to give the health services you need at home
Homemaker and Home Health Aides to assist with personal care
Respite care to give you a break
Home Hospice Care for the advanced stages of disease
To find out more or get started, call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274.
Area Agencies on Aging is a local program that gives older adults and their caregivers assistance with various services including meal plans, housing, respite care, counseling, training, mobility assistance program, and more.
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