Like any job, breaks keep you from feeling burned out, which is the same for caregiving. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, the need for care is also growing. More families are taking in their relatives for care. Non-profits, health care systems, city agencies, and state departments are offering additional services for families. Caregiving can be demanding, so finding a respite care program can help you recharge. Here are some great resources in the Lincoln area to help you be the best caregiver for your loved one.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers various programs for caregivers including training, care consultation, support groups, and guides to local resources. The online library of materials is extensive for those who have a hard time attending seminars.
The Helpline is available 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900. You can ask questions, find information on local services, financial questions, treatment options, and inquire about memory disorders.
There are extensive materials available in the online library and local lending libraries, including DVDs, brochures, books, and audiotapes.
Local support groups help you meet with other caregivers to share ideas and learn from others’ experiences. It can be helpful to talk to someone else going through the same thing as you. Alzheimer’s Association has a virtual community for caregivers across the nation to speak to one another.
For more information on these programs, you can visit the Lincoln office at 1500 South 70th Street, Suite 201 or call 1.800.272.3900.
The City of Lincoln offers Aging Partners First Service Desk as a starting point to get information on area services. This agency will connect you with the right community service, state, or federal program. You can reach a counselor to learn more about caregiver options, senior programs, Medicare, Medicaid, transportation, and home health care. The toll-free number is 800.247.0938.
Caregivers of veterans can find assistance from the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. Programs and services available include:
Helpline available for all questions and information at 855.260.3274
Respite care for caregivers at adult day centers or in the home
Peer support group to meet other caregivers and share experiences
Home care including homemaking services, skilled nursing care, and home health aides
Hospice home care
Additional services for veterans injured post 9/11 including stipend, training, and medical coverage.
Your local services coordinator will assist you with any questions about programs and eligibility at 800.451.5796, extension 4618.
If you are caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease, you should consider the local support group. The meetings are also educational covering topics such as home safety, medication, balance, and nutrition.
You can contact the group at 402.435.8946.
The State of Nebraska also provides various programs for older adults and their caregivers. You can contact a social services coordinator to check eligibility on programs such as adult day services, home health, respite care, and more.
For more information, you can visit the Central Office at 301 Centennial Mall South in the State Office Building of Lincoln or call 1.800.358.8802.
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