If you provide care for an elderly loved one, you might feel like you need to do everything on your own. That can lead to caregiver burnout and ultimately affect the care you give the senior in your life. Luckily, because there are more seniors now than before many groups and cities offer plenty of caregiver support resources you can use. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad caregiver if you need to ask for help, it means you’re doing everything you can to provide the best care for your loved one. Here are a few places you can look for resources.
The New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves most of the greater New Jersey area. The Alzheimer’s Association knows how important it is to support caregivers in their duties because it can be especially difficult to care for someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia. These are just some of the programs caregivers can find in the New Jersey area.
Education is one of the most important things a caregiver can get. Learning as much about this disease, how to properly care for it, and what to do to make sure you don’t burn out is key to being an effective caregiver. There are courses you can take to learn more about your duties and be a better provider for your loved ones. These courses meet at various times throughout the year and in different cities so make sure to check the calendar frequently.
Another excellent way to find help is a support group. These meetings occur in various cities throughout New Jersey and at separate times so you can find one that fits your schedule. These support groups offer you the chance to talk with other caregivers and learn from their experiences and share your knowledge. You can contact the support group facilitator to find out more information and see if they offer respite care during meeting times.
Sometimes you might not be able to leave your home or your loved one, and at those times you can find assistance through the online caregiver resource center. There are message boards, online support groups, and chat rooms that can help you with whatever you need. You can also find additional community resources through the website. Call the 24-hour helpline at (800) 272-3900 any time you have questions, concerns or just need to talk to someone.
Caregivers can also find assistance through Essex County. They offer supplemental services like transportation and meal delivery, home services, caregiver support, respite care, and other resources that can be helpful. You can contact the director at (973) 395-8400 to learn more and find the services you need.
Caregivers for veterans can also access support through the VA healthcare system. You can find:
A 24-hour telephone line that can help you with anything you need
Caregiver Support Coordinators who will match services to your needs
Support groups for help with caregiver duties
Respite care like adult day care or in-home care
Telehealth system for homebound seniors
Hospice care when needed
All you need to do to connect to these services or learn more about them is call the Caregiver Support Coordinator at (973) 676-1000.
Caregivers of New Jersey is a group that formed to help give caregivers more information and assistance. Through this group, caregivers can find support coordination that will help build a care plan for loved ones, training and events throughout the year to help learn more about effective caregiving, and advocacy for support and assistance. You can call toll free at (877) 265-6360 to find information and resources near you.
Find assisted living in Newark near you.