As our loved ones begin to age, we want to be there for them to help them with their many new needs. But even with the best intentions, we usually don’t have the training, resources, or support to complete the job as thoroughly as we would like. Luckily, caregivers in Lexington have access to a few different organizations, communities, and agencies dedicated to making the job a little easier.
The Alzheimer’s Association chapter in Greater Kentucky / Southern Indiana has an office conveniently located in Lexington at 2808 Palumbo Drive. Through this office, caregivers in the Lexington area can partake in educational programs, training opportunities, or make connections with caregiving professionals in the area.
Lexington caregivers can also find support groups through the Greater Kentucky / Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Here are some of the local options for support groups:
Richmond Place – 3051 Rio Dosa Drive Lexington, KY Group meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm
The Lantern – 225 Ruccio Way Lexington, KY Group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30
Liberty Ridge – 701 Liberty Ridge Lane Lexington, KY Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am
Morning Pointe Lexington East – 150 Shoreside Drive Lexington, KY Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm
As one of the primary resources for aging individuals all over the nation, the Area Agency on Aging also works to help caregivers. In Lexington, caregivers of elders have access to the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living, located at 699 Perimeter Drive. The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living helps to carry out the National Family Caregiver Support Program for the Lexington area, including providing information and assistance, counseling, support groups, and training for local caregivers.
The Lexington VA Medical Center provides a number of services to caregivers of veterans. Here are just a few of the service options available:
Home-Based Primary Care: Home-based primary care allows nurses or doctors to perform primary care services in the comfort of the veteran’s home.
Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program: This program allows for caregiving professionals to help the veteran with tasks like feeding and bathing, which can be too difficult for some family caregivers.
Respite Care: If you are going out of time, need some time off, or would like some time to complete other necessary tasks, respite care can temporarily relieve you of your caregiving duties.
Caregivers in Lexington can also receive support from the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living, which works in partnership with other elder-focused groups to provide the following services and programs: Aging and Disability Resource Center, Adult Day Care and Alzheimer’s Disease Respite, Caregiver Support Services, Homecare, Institute for the Aging, and Nutrition Programs for the Elderly.
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