Providing care for an elderly friend or relative can be an overwhelming job. If you are a senior caregiver living in Raleigh, there are a number of local programs that can help you to balance your care duties with your personal life.
Caring for a dementia patient poses a number of unique challenges for caregivers. The Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association helps Raleigh families to cope with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and to provide the best possible care for their loved ones. The organization offers a number of educational programs that are free and open to the public.
Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters discusses how to recognize the early signs of dementia in yourself and others. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease aims to help families understand how dementia works, including causes, risk factors, stages of the disease and treatment options. Dementia Conversations teaches families how to have an open, honest discussion about handling the affairs of a loved one with dementia. Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors helps caregivers learn how to manage common behavioral challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Caregivers can discover Effective Communication Strategies that help them to stay connected to their loved one as their dementia progresses. Living with Alzheimer’s classes are available for both caregivers and dementia patients, teaching both sides how to manage the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn how to eat right, keep fit and stay sharp in order to reduce your risk of developing dementia through Healthy Habits for a Healthier You.
Caregivers can find emotional support by joining a local Alzheimer’s Association support group. Raleigh families can attend monthly meetings held at convenient locations around the city, including the North Raleigh United Methodist Church and the Raleigh Alzheimer’s Association Office. Support is also available 24 hours a day at 1-800-272-3900 or online through Alzheimer’s Association caregiver forums.
Wake County residents can access aging services through the Triangle J Council of Governments. The local Family Caregiver Support Program offers assistance to caregivers who look after a relative over the age of 60, providing counseling, training, peer support, and respite care services. You can learn more by contacting Triangle J’s resident Family Caregiver Resource Specialist at (919) 558-9391.
If you care for a veteran, you may qualify to receive assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Durham VA Medical Center helps caregivers to provide quality care for their loved one in the comfort of their own home by offering resources such as:
Peer support groups for caregivers Adult day health care programs Respite care options Home-based primary care and skilled home nursing care Telehealth services Homemaker services and home health aides Palliative services and home hospice care
You can call the VA National Caregiver Support Hotline at 1-855-260-3274 or contact your nearest Caregiver Support Coordinator to learn more about claiming VA benefits.
If you have questions about what services are available to you as a Raleigh area caregiver, you can contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS). The Division of Aging and Adult Services helps both seniors and their caregivers to access adult day health programs, in-home assistance, meal delivery options and more. To find out more about senior services and caregiver support in your area, visit the NC DHHS office in Raleigh or call (919) 855-4800.
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