Everyone needs breaks from work, and caregiving is no different. You work hard to take care of your loved one, and the last thing you need is to get burned out. More families are taking in relatives as the large part of population ages. Luckily, more local government agencies, nonprofits, and health care systems are offering services to help caregivers take that well-deserved break. Below are some groups in the Lubbock area to help you get the best caregiver possible.
The Alzheimer’s Association supports caregivers and patients through education, resources, respite care, health care, and more. If you are unable to attend meetings, there is an extensive online library with information on the disease and a virtual community with fellow caregivers to share ideas and experiences.
You can call the Helpline 24/7 to speak with a trained professional about advice, local resources, or any other questions. The Helpline number is 1.800.272.3900.
There are several local events and caregiver support groups in Lubbock. Other services include medical supplies, transportation, long-term care, hospice, and assisted living. Throughout the year, there are educational meetings to discuss the disease.
The Garrison Institute on Aging provides local resources and support groups to help relieve caregivers. The University feels it is beneficial for caregivers to have educational opportunities, community, and temporary relief to improve the quality of health care.
The Family Caregiver Support Program offers services like respite, emergency response, and other services for caregivers to help them retain their lives and health. These programs provide education, training, support groups, and respite care for breaks.
To qualify for these programs, you must be at least 18 and providing care for an individual over 60 for a spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent, relative, or providing care for a loved one.
You can also sign-up for the Quarterly Family Caregiver Newsletter, Caregiver Support Groups, and the Caregiver Educational Workshop. To learn more, call 1.888.418.6564.
If your loved one is a veteran, you can find support through the VA Amarillo Health Care System. Programs and services to assist veteran caregivers include:
One point of contact is the caregiver support line at 855.260.3274 for assistance and questions.
Peer support groups to share stories and resources
Adult day centers for respite care
Home health aides
Skilled nursing care in the home
Hospice home care
Respite care at home for temporary relief
Additional services for veterans injured post-9/11 including stipend, training, and medical coverage.
If you would like to learn more about these programs, contact your local caregiver support manager at 806.355.9703, extension 7928.
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability (DADS) offers a listing of area respite care providers and can also help you with your search. Your local office can give you additional information on programs such as Medicaid to pay for this care. You can call 1.800.252.9240 to learn more about these programs and see if you are eligible for additional services.
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