Family caregivers have one of the toughest jobs, but it’s also one of the most important. As parents and loved ones age, more people are stepping up to the plate to offer care and local non-profit groups, agencies in the city and county, state governments, and health care systems want to help. They provide support services that allow caregivers to take regular breaks, preserve their own health, and give loved ones a better quality of life. Here you’ll find 4 Memphis-area resources that offer caregiver support and benefits programs.
The Mid-South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association provides services to more than 85 counties throughout Tennessee and Northern Alabama. The Memphis office alone covers 22 counties and offers programs that provide education, support, and public services to area professionals, seniors with Alzheimer’s, and their families and caregivers. Caregivers can access help in several ways through the Alzheimer’s Association.
Staff at the local Memphis office can provide a care consultation by phone, email, or in-person to help caregivers compile an assessment of needs, brainstorm solutions and resources, and to provide supportive listening.
Organized support groups are available at locations throughout the city. Groups meet monthly or bi-monthly for an hour and are a safe space for caregivers to talk about issues, concerns, and needs with like-minded peers. Groups are free to participate, but pre-registration may be required.
Support over the phone through the helpline is available 24/7 by dialing (800) 272-3900. You can also ask questions and talk with others online in the Alzheimer’s Association’s message boards.
Educational programs like Lunch & Learns, informative lectures on topics like “10 Warning Signs About Alzheimer’s Disease,” and professional series on the Foundations of Dementia Care are offered through the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration for the programs is required in advance. Call 800.272.3900 to inquire about the schedule in your area and reserve your spot.
Memphis-area adults ages 60 and above and their caregivers can contact the Aging Commission of the Mid-South to find out about available programs, benefits, and eligibility requirements. The Commission works with local area groups and contacts to provide seniors and caregivers with solutions that help with reducing the stress and workload on a day to day basis, planning care, case management services, and respite care options. Located right in Memphis, you can make an appointment to visit them at 2670 Union Avenue Extended, Suite 1000 by calling (901) 222-4100.
Senior veterans have access to a number of resources that their caregivers can utilize through the Memphis VA Medical Center.
Family caregivers can inquire about support in the form of:
support groups with their peers where ideas and information are brainstormed amongst new and experienced caregivers the national VA support hotline (855) 260-3274 adult day care and respite care centers in the area in-home respite care in-home primary care and pharmacy options in-home help through nurses, homemakers, and home health aides to lighten the burden on the caregiver hospice services available in the home
To inquire about available services and determine if your loved one is eligible, contact the Memphis caregivers support coordinator at 901-523-8990.
The Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability is the state administrator for programs like Medicaid, and can assist you with finding respite care and support services in the Memphis area. For more information, contact their Memphis office at (615) 741-2056.
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