As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more family members are taking on the role of caregiver. While this task is extremely challenging, it can also be very rewarding. Local government agencies, non-profit organizations, medical institutions, and other private entities are offering more services for caregivers to give them assistance with health care, respite care, household chores, and emotional support. Here are some resources in New Orleans to make your role as a caregiver a little easier.
You can find several services from the VA to assist you in your role as caregiver. All you have to do is make one phone call to start.
To start your search for services, call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274. You will learn about local programs for you and your loved one by speaking to a caregiver support coordinator. To learn about other services and to get support, the VA Peer Support program connects you with other caregivers.
Adult Day Care Centers allow veterans to socialize and get a change of scenery under constant supervision. You can also learn about other respite care options through the VA.
For homebound veterans, the VA offers health care and personal care programs that will come to your home, which includes basic nursing and therapies along with regular hygiene care. Home Hospice care provides comfort and emotional support to the veteran and their family during the last stages of a terminal disease.
You can find various programs offered by NOCO to help you care for your loved one including information, in-home respite, personal care, counseling, caregiver support groups, material aid, and more. To learn more, call 504.821.4121.
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or memory loss, you can find out quickly just how challenging this job is. The Alzheimer’s Association is here for you. For reliable information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline anytime, 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900. The staff has highly trained professionals that are well equipped to answer questions about the disease, medications, treatments, care options, and more.
The Association offers support groups so you can reach out to others in-person, online, or on the telephone. The in-person caregiver support groups meet regularly and meet in various Louisiana locations. The online community offers message boards and chat rooms with caregivers all over the nation. Visit www.alzconnected.org to get connected. If you still want to talk but find it hard to get to a meeting, the Caregiver Telephone Support Group is the option for you.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers free educational programs for caregivers and the public to help manage the disease and create awareness. You can also find a variety of information on the Association’s virtual library, including DVDs on how to care for someone with Alzheimer’s.
Home Care offers a variety of services including companionship, meals, transportation, respite care, hospice care, and 24-hour care. Contact the Louisiana office today at 504.229.7633 to learn more about home care so your loved one can stay home.
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