Caregiving is a never-ending job. You put in more hours than a full-time job. Luckily for you, local and state government, non-profits, medical providers, and other private organizations are offering services and programs to assist caregivers including respite care, education, help lines, medical assistance, and more. Here are some resources in the Oakland area.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers programs and services for people with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, health care professionals, and the community. They also throw fundraising events to create community awareness.
The Northern California Chapter regularly hosts caregiver meetings in various areas. Oakland has four different groups that meet. Caregiver meetings give you a chance to learn from others going through the same thing as you and to get new ideas for resources, caregiving tips, and ways to cope. There are also support groups for those with early stage memory loss. If you are unable to attend meetings, you can join a telephone or Google Hangout group.
The Alzheimer’s Association Helpline is accessible 24 hours a day and can assist in more than 140 languages. The staff is highly trained and knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s disease. They can answer your questions about caregiving tips, services in your area, medications, and treatment options for Alzheimer’s. Call 1.800.272.3900 to get the emotional support you need. If you have more in-depth questions, you can speak to clinicians with Master’s degrees to conduct an assessment and provide more guidance.
You can access message boards and chat rooms with other caregivers nationwide at www.alzconnected.org.
Education can help ease a caregiver’s mind. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a variety of classes to the community, caregivers, and health care professionals. You can attend training workshops or search their extensive online library for e-courses and materials.
Alameda County has a dedicated team to assist seniors and caregivers with information about services, which include medical, housing, food, community and family caregiver support programs. You can call them toll-free at 1.800.510.2020 or email [email protected]
As a result of your dedication to caring for a veteran, the VA offers caregivers many services and support programs to assist you with your care. These programs include:
Caregiver Support Line for quick assistance
A personal Caregiver Support Coordinator to guide you through the available programs
Adult Day Care Centers to get your loved one out of the house in a safe and fun environment
Peer Support so you can talk to other caregivers
Home-Based Primary Care to assist with routine health care
Homemaker and Home Health Aides for personal hygiene care
Respite Care Options to give you a break
Home Hospice Care for those in late stages of terminal disease
Call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274 for more information and talk to your Caregiver Support Coordinator to get started.
Bay Area Community Services offers day programs, in-home care, respite care, and other services to more than 2,000 families. Adult day programs offer socialization opportunities for the elderly with guided activities. You can also get transportation services. You can learn more by calling 510.613.0330 or emailing [email protected].
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