Being a family caregiver is difficult work. While caring for a loved one as they age, ensuring their needs are met is tough and taking the time for yourself can be even tougher. Whether it is your first time caregiving or you’ve been helping family members and friends for years, finding the right support system is crucial.
Thankfully, if you’re a family caregiver in the Nashville area, you have a number of options.
The Mid-South Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves Tennessee and Alabama with support, resources, and connections that can help them meet their family caregiving goals. Through support groups, educational programs and even professional training, the Alzheimer’s Association helps family caregivers guarantee they are giving their loved one the care that they need.
The educational programs offered by the Alzheimer’s Association can help family caregivers detect early signs of Alzheimer’s as well as assist them through the caregiving demands of the various stages of the disease. Whether you need assistance with the legal and financial aspects of dealing with Alzheimer’s or you just want to help your loved one through their memory loss struggles, the educational programs provide another level of caregiving support.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers 13 different support groups for the city of Nashville, with special programs for those with Dementia and Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s.
The Alzheimer’s Association is also dedicated to helping family caregivers through their helpline, care consultation program, message boards, publications, newsletter, local resources and referrals, and more.
The Greater Nashville Regional Council also offers family caregiving services through the Area Agency on Aging and Disability, or AAAD. The AAAD can provide additional support to family caregivers, respite care when needed, and connect them with professionals and other organizations that can help to provide additional training or support. The AAAD of Greater Nashville Regional Council can be contacted at (615) 862-8829 for more information.
If the veteran you are assisting is a veteran, the VA of Tennessee Valley can provide additional caregiver services. The VA tackles support from all angles, offering a mentoring program that allows new caregivers to connect with someone more experienced to ask questions, get advice, or just have someone to talk with.
The VA also offers caregiving services designed to give the family caregiver a break or provide support when they cannot be available. This includes Adult Day Health Care Centers, Home-Based Primary Care, Respite Care, Home Hospice Care, Home Telehealth Care, and Homemaker and Home Health Aide Program.
The level of assistance given to the senior and the caregiver differs from program to program. Each of these services is designed to provide supplemental care for the family caregiver whether they need help performing just one task, like feeding or bathing, or if they need assistance making life more comfortable as the senior reaches their last few days.
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