As our loved one’s age, it’s common for a family member to step into the role as a caregiver. While caregiving can be a challenging job, it’s an important one to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of those we care about. With more adults aging into retirement every day, cities, counties, states, non-profit organizations and healthcare systems throughout the US and in Louisville are working together to offer programs and services to support caregivers. When you manage the health of a loved one, it’s important to take care of yourself and to use respite services when you need them. In Louisville, these are 4 providers with services designed to assist caregivers with specialized resources to fit their needs.
The Louisville office of the Greater Kentucky/Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is one of three that covers the 125-county service area. The local office for this national not-for-profit provides a range of services, support groups, education, and programming for adults with dementia and their caregivers. Here are a few of the services available in Louisville. Educational programs for patients, caregivers, and professionals in the area are at the backbone of services the Alzheimer’s Association offers. Held at locations around the county like the Main Louisville Library or Newburgh Library, topics addressed include “Healthy Living for Your Mind and Body,” and “Know the 10 Signs.” Pre-registration is required, and educationally events are generally free of charge or request a minimal donation to attend.
Caregiver support is available in many forms, including the help hotline that can be reached toll-free by dialing (800) 272-3900 or through networking with other caregivers online on the Alzheimer’s Association community forums.
There are no less than a dozen different support groups held in Jefferson county throughout every month at locations like Park Louisville, Episcopal Church Home, and The Forum and Brookside. Some support groups even offer respite care for your loved one while you’re participating in the group. You can see a listing in your area here, or to search by zip code for a location nearest you, visit the Alzheimer’s Association Community Resource page. Search for “Programs and Events” in your area by entering your zip code into the search field and choosing the “Support Groups” option.
The KIPDA Area Agency on Aging serves caregivers in Louisville who have a loved one who is age 60 years or older that they provide care for. Their services include providing information and offering needed assistance, education, support groups, training, counseling, respite care, and helping to find supplemental assistance like medical supplies or providers who can make modifications to make a home accessible. Call (502) 266-6084 for more information.
Military vets are entitled to a number of benefits through the VA, and some of those benefits can provide assistance and support to family caregivers. Services included among benefits include:
Online support through peer groups of caregivers
A 24-hour help hotline that can be reached at (855) 260-3274
Adult day care services for vets to offer respite to caregivers during the workday
Respite care in the home for homebound vets
In-home help provided by home health aide, skilled nursing, or homemaker providers to assist caregivers with administering care
In-home hospice care and support for loved ones for life-ending conditions
Your caregiver support coordinator in Louisville can be contacted through the Robley Rex VA Medical Center by calling 502-287-4000.
The Kentucky Department of Aging and Independent Living administers all of the services and programs for older adults and their supporting caregivers throughout the state. They also manage the administration of Medicaid benefits that may help pay for respite care for a loved one. For more information on eligibility or assistance locating programs or services in your area call them directly at (502) 564-6930.
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