Family caregivers perform some of the most important and hardest work in this country. As more people care for their family members and as the population ages, health care systems, states, city and county agencies, and nonprofit organizations are offering more support services for caregivers. Taking breaks regularly is both okay and necessary for your wellbeing. Here are four great resources for caregiver benefit programs and support in Naples that will provide some relief.
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association serves seventeen counties with educational programs, support groups, and other services for family, Alzheimer’s patients, professionals, and the public. There are numerous ways that Alzheimer’s caregivers can get aid from the group, including:
At locations throughout Naples, you can engage in in-person caregiver support groups. Among the many places caregivers meet are Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church, Millennium House of Southwest Florida, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and many other spots. To find the groups nearest to you, use the Community Resource Finder. Simply click on the “Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events” and select “Support Groups.”
The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter hosts a Beginning Alzheimer’s Support and Education (BASE) program that prepares
Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers for the years ahead. The program consists of nine weekly sessions that are two hours long.
At any time of the day or night, you can find help over the phone at (800) 272-3900 and online in the Alzheimer’s Association’s forums.
For benefits and program eligibility information, Naples residents 60 years of age or older and their caregivers can contact the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL). Caregivers can get help with stress reduction, case management and care planning, and respite care for caregivers whose loved ones need assistance with at least two tasks of daily living through the local groups and the state agencies the AAASWFL works with. For more information, call (239) 652-6900.
Family caregivers of senior veterans can receive support resources from the Naples Vet Center. The VA offers the following types of support:
Adult day care centers offer care so you can take a break
Hospice care in home
Home respite care
New and experienced caregivers can exchange ideas and information in peer support groups
Caregivers whose family members cannot travel to medical appointments have access to telehealth and home-based primary care
A national hotline for VA caregiver support and information at (855) 260-3274
Skilled nursing care, homemaker help, and home health aides at home to relieve the family caregiver’s workload
Contact the Naples caregiver support coordinator at 305-575-7000 to learn more about what services you and your family member may be eligible for.
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs can assist you in finding Naples-area respite care providers and support services. Additionally, they can connect you with Medicaid programs that will help pay for respite care. For more information and instructions on how to apply for DEA services, contact (850) 414-2000.
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