Eventually, someone you love is going to need your help in performing daily activities or simply staying fed and hydrated. Aging and illness are two challenges that everyone will be affected by in a long life.
Taking on the role of full-time caregiver for a loved one is a frequently overwhelming task. While caring for someone else, you are putting your life on hold to make sure your loved one is kept safe and healthy.
There are support groups and organizations dedicated to alleviating the strain that accompanies providing for an ill or disabled family member. Fortunately for New Orleans caregivers, there are many resources nearby that they can take advantage of easily.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Orleans offers support and resources for the caregivers of people suffering from mental illness.
NAMI New Orleans is the source of a variety of support programs for the family members and carers of people dealing with mental illness.
The programs they offer include monthly Family Support Groups and the regularly conducted Family-to-Family education course.
The Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 3 month class for the caregivers of people with a severe mental illness. The class is conducted by trained family caregivers, and it provides up to date information on major mental illnesses like schizophrenia, major depression, and bipolar disorder.
The NFCSP was authorized by the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000. The program was developed by the United States Administration on Aging and it was intended to give supportive services to family caregivers who need them. The purpose of the Support Program is to give assistance to people such as grandparents taking care of their grandchildren and people who are taking care of an old or disabled relative. The NFCSP works with other aging support providers to render the critical services required to assist family members as caregivers and help them meet the needs of their loved ones.
The Veteran’s Administration is tasked with seeing to the needs of the men and women who have served honorably in this nation’s armed forces. What isn’t so well-known is that the VA is also concerned with helping the caregivers of U.S. veterans.
The VA's Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274 puts assistance just an easy phone call away. Whether you need immediate assistance or just have questions about what services are available, the sympathetic, licensed professionals who answer the support line will tell you about what assistance is available from VA, help you to access the services, and connect you with a Caregiver Support Coordinator at the nearest VA Medical Center.
Being a caregiver to your family member frequently entails being limited to your family home and the immediate neighborhood. This can seriously curtail social interaction and give rise to a feeling of isolation from the rest of the world.
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