More seniors are retiring each day, and as they age, they turn to family members to provide care. Caregivers do important work, but it can also be draining and lead to things like caregiver burnout. It’s alright to ask for help, and many groups and organizations offer supportive services to caregivers. Here are a few places to look for assistance in Reno.
When you care for a relative that has Alzheimer’s or dementia, you need as much help and support as you can get. The Alzheimer’s Association understands this and does their best to provide caregivers with everything they require. The Northern Nevada Chapter serves cities in Northern Nevada as well as Northern California and provides these caregiver services.
Education plays a significant role in caregiving, and the Alzheimer’s Association has an entire group of classes just for family caregivers. These classes include courses on topics such as effective communication, legal planning, and living with Alzheimer’s. There are also educational community events and online courses for those that can’t make it to a class.
Caregiver support groups help caregivers connect with one another and share some of the burdens and joys of caring for Alzheimer’s. Meetings offer family members the chance to share stories, experiences, and knowledge and allows them to take a break from their duties. Reno has a few different support groups, so you can find one that fits your needs.
Sometimes you might not be able to make it out of the house, but you can still find support online. The caregiver center provides you with online support groups as well as message boards and chat rooms. Also, no matter the time of day you can call the 24-hour helpline and find assistance at (800) 272-3900.
Washoe County Senior Services provides many useful programs for seniors, but they also have information on caregiver support. Their website includes links to helpful groups and organizations in the area. Caregivers can also find services to help the seniors in their care like nutritional needs, respite care, and in-home services. You can visit the website for more information or call (775) 328-200.
Caregivers for veterans can use the VA healthcare system to find supportive services in their area. Among these services they might find things like:
A helpline available 24/7 for any need you might have
Access to a Caregiver Support Coordinator who can help you find programs near you
Support groups that allow you to connect with other caregivers
Respite care like adult day care when you need a break
Skilled home care
Home health checkups if your loved one can’t leave the house
All you need to do to find the services in your area is call the Caregiver Support Coordinator at (775) 328-1461.
Caregivers in Nevada can use the Family Caregiver Alliance to find more resources for support and services in their area. They also have information on the Family Caregiver Support Program which connects caregivers to things like training workshops, respite care, and supplemental services. Just visit the website for details or call (800) 445-8106.
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