Supporting a loved one is often an easy decision for family members to make. Many people want to be there for their parent, grandparent, or other relative, and help them in their time of need. Even still, the responsibilities that come with taking care of another person are extensive. It can be extremely difficult to manage, and take a toll on a person’s overall mental health and wellbeing. Support groups for caregivers are offered in Los Angeles, providing a safe space for people to go when they need advice or simply a little assistance themselves.
USC Davis School offers a Family Caregiver Support Center. The center began in 1989, as a way to give back to the community, and offer support to those who needed it. The center offers:
Training and Education
Call the toll free number to learn about the groups and resources offered, (855) 872-6060.
LA County offers a wide variety of community and senior services. There are two types of caregivers eligible for services. The first is a typical family caregiver over the age of 18, responsible for taking care of a loved one. The second is a grandparent in charge of caring for a child. Both are caregivers who may be in need of emotional support and guidance during this time.
There are five service categories offered from Community and Senior Services in LA County.
Supplemental Services Information Services Respite Care Access Assistance Support Services
The support services refers to finding support groups in the area, as well as having an assessment conducted to best understand the needs of the caregiver. Between three and twelve caregivers typically attend one meeting, held monthly. There is also the option of in-home counseling that is offered to individuals. To sign up for either option, participants can call (1-800) 510-2020.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides a monthly telephone support group. This group is intended for family members taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or another memory-related disease. Both educational and emotional support are offered through this group. One the first Monday of each month, caregivers can call and join the conversation between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m PST. Sign-up is required, and can be done by calling (800) 272-3900.
The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation is highly dedicated to providing education to both those suffering from memory loss, and those caring for someone experiencing issues with remembering. The foundation is partnered with the Providence St Joseph Medical Center to provide educational classes and support groups to those who need them.
On the first and third Wednesday of the month, there is a group called “Caring for a Parent with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.” It runs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Thursday.
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