When you care for a loved one, you might find it difficult to keep up with all your other responsibilities. You also run the risk of burning yourself out with all your duties. Seniors are relying more on family members for their care and cities, groups, and organizations are responding with more supportive services for caregivers. It’s ok to ask for help, and these are some excellent places to start in Norfolk.
Caregiving, in general, can be tiring but caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be particularly draining. The Alzheimer’s Association understands this and does their best to provide programs and resources to help caregivers. Here are a few of the services the Southeastern Virginia Chapter offers.
If you’ve never cared for someone with Alzheimer’s before, it can be a challenging undertaking. The Family Caregiver Education program can teach you all about caregiving and provide strategies to deal with any situation that might occur. The chapter also hosts a Caregivers Conference, and it’s a one-day event that covers many topics about caregiving. You do have to register to attend so make sure you check the date.
A support group might seem like a simple thing, but for a caregiver, it can make an enormous difference. Getting out of the house and meeting with other caregivers helps you de-stress and learn from other people going through similar experiences. There are meetings in Norfolk and the surrounding area, and you can contact the group facilitator to find out if they offer respite care during meetings.
Caregivers can find additional resources online through the caregiver center. Here there are online support groups, message boards, and chat rooms as well as local events services. If you need immediate help at any time of the day, you can call the helpline at (800) 272-3900. There is also an online library full of information that can assist you with your caregiving duties.
The Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia provides numerous services for older people in the area, but they also help family caregivers. You can meet or talk with a senior services specialist who will listen to your needs or concerns and help you find the right service. You can also find additional resources on the website. Call (757) 461-9481 to find out more information.
You don’t have to be a veteran to use the VA healthcare system. If you care for a veteran, you can find caregiver service through the VA. These services might include:
Access to the Caregiver Support Coordinator who can help you find the right services
Respite care at adult day care centers or in-home care
Skilled home care
Telehealth program for housebound seniors
Just call the Caregiver Support Coordinator at (757) 722-9961 to see what services are available to you.
Virginia Easy Access is a government-run agency that provides many services for the community. One of those services is caregiver support and includes access to things like respite care, personal care services, homemakers, companion services, transportation, and meal delivery. Many of these services are free but some do cost a fee, so you can call (800) 552-3402 to discuss details.
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