When you care for a family member, you often put their needs above your own. This isn’t always a bad thing, but sooner or later you’re going to need to take care of yourself and make sure that you have enough support, so you don’t get burned out. Being a caregiver takes a toll physically and mentally, which is why it’s important to make use of the support and supportive services Mesa has to offer.
East Valley Adult Resources has one primary goal: to help seniors connect, contribute, and care for each other. They have a lot of programs that help senior citizens get the care they need and thrive as they get older. That might mean bringing them meals every week, getting them to the doctor’s appointment, or providing a place to go during the day.
East Valley also values caregivers and understands they play a prominent role in seniors’ lives. Their outreach team has set up support groups to help connect caregivers with each other so they can share the ups and downs of their caregiving jobs. These meetings take place weekly at various adult centers in Mesa. You can call (480) 962-5612 to find out more about these meetings and see where and what time they meet.
The Arizona Caregiver Coalition is your connection to all the different resources for caregivers in Arizona. They can help you find respite care in your area if you need to take a break from your duties and they may even be able to help you find a respite voucher, so you don’t have to pay. They have lists of all caregiver resources in Arizona so you can find programs that are near you.
They also have a great online support system. You can find online support groups and forums where you can connect with other caregivers and find answers to problems you might have. You can also read different caregiver stories to find encouragement and inspiration.
Maricopa County’s area agency on aging is Region One and not only do they take care of seniors in the area but they also help their caregivers as well. You can use his or her 24-hour senior helpline to connect to someone whenever you have a question or need to talk to someone. They have also set up caregiver resource zones throughout the county, and at these spots, you can find more programs and services in your city.
Region One can also help you find a support group that will fit your needs. They have general caregiver support groups, but you can find more specific ones as well. There are LGBT-friendly groups, Alzheimer’s groups, and Parkinson’s groups. You can even find therapy groups to help you deal with depression or other issues that might occur because of your job. Call (602) 264-4357 for more information.
Duet is another organization that can help seniors find a variety of programs in their area, but they also take care of caregivers. There are various support groups you can join through Duet, and you can also find workshops and classes to help you be a better caregiver.
Duet also has a volunteer respite care program that can be helpful if you need to be away from your family member for a bit and can’t afford another respite care program. There are also links to online information sources about common problems or concerns caregivers might face and are great when you need a quick referral. If you would like more information about support groups or the respite program you can call (602) 274-5022.
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