Thousands of Florida seniors rely on family caregivers to support them as they age. Looking after a loved one can be a stressful job, however, and requires both time and skill. Many caregivers rely on support groups to help them cope with the day-to-day challenges of caring for an elderly friend or relative.
If you are struggling to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you are not alone. The Central and North Florida chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association helps caregivers living throughout Orlando to look after dementia patients by providing resources such as respite care services, support groups and educational programs.
Caregiver College teaches new caregivers about dementia, laying out how to create and implement a care plan for a loved one with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. You can visit the Caregiver Cafe to hear advice from your peers and enjoy dinner, conversation and companionship.
Caregivers who are unable to get out of the house can call the Alzheimer’s Association hotline at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or visit the organization’s online message boards to connect with thousands of other families who care for a loved one with dementia.
The Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) is central Florida’s local Area Agency on Aging, serving the residents of Orlando and the surrounding area. Seniors and their caregivers can contact the SRA to learn more about local housing options, nutritional programs, transportation services and health providers for the elderly. Families can also access caregiver support initiatives and a variety of educational resources.
The Orlando VA Medical Center helps Orlando area veterans and their caregivers to access senior support services, from medical care to homemaking assistance. You can speak with a Caregiver Support Coordinator to find out more about programs and benefits for families who care for veterans:
Caregivers can connect with a local peer support group to find mentorship, guidance and companionship.
Adult day centers look after seniors during the workday, while respite care programs provide up to 30 full days of relief for caregivers.
Veterans can access VA medical care without leaving the house through telehealth services.
Home-based primary care and skilled home nursing care are available for housebound veterans with a spectrum of medical needs.
Homemaker services and home health aides look after the personal care needs of veterans while lending caregivers a hand around the house.
Families who care for a veteran with a progressive or chronic disorder can look into VA home hospice services.
A National Caregiver Support Hotline at 1-855-260-3274 helps caregivers to access VA services.
Florida is home to a booming senior population, and the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) aims to ensure that all elderly state residents and their caregivers have access to the support services that they need. The National Family Caregiver Support Program, managed by the DOEA, gives Florida families access to counseling, respite care services and other resources through local Area Agencies on Aging. Families with limited resources can also learn more about paying for senior care services through Medicare or Medicaid. Orlando residents can reach the Department by calling their toll-free Elder Helpline at 1-800-963-5337.
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