Family members often provide some type of care for their elderly relatives, whether it’s helping out a few days a week or being with them 24/7. No matter what you do, being a caregiver is an important job but it’s also one that needs support. Don’t feel bad if you need to take a break or ask for help, there are plenty of supportive services in the area that you can use to make your job easier and help you be a better caregiver. These are just a few of the resources available in Riverside.
If your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you know how difficult this disease can be for everyone involved. The Alzheimer’s Association tries to make it easier not just for patients but for their caregivers as well. The California Southland Chapter provides caregiver support for numerous counties. Here are just a few of the resources you can use.
Learning all you can about Alzheimer’s and how to care for it can be a big help, especially for new caregivers. There is a three-part series that helps caregivers know what to do and expect at every stage of Alzheimer’s. There are also plenty of other classes that can help your knowledge of the disease. You can check the calendar to see when each class meets.
Another good way to make yourself a better caregiver is to join a support group. These groups meet all over at various times during the week and during the meetings you can connect with other caregivers and share tips, education, and advice as well as support each other through this difficult time. Some groups offer respite care so you can attend without having to leave your loved one alone.
If you can’t make it to a meeting or have to stay home for any reason at all, you can also check out the caregiver center online. Here you can read articles, write on message boards, or take part in online chat groups. You can also find community resources to assist your caregiving duties.
The Office on Aging acts as the county's Area Agency on Aging and they can help you gain access to the national Family Caregiver Support Program. This program can help you learn about all the different types of assistance like respite care, adult day care, in-home health care, training, counseling, and supplemental services. If you would like to see if you qualify or learn more about the program, call 951-867-3800.
Even if you aren’t a veteran, if your family member is and you provide their care you can use the VA health system to access caregiver resources. These services include things such as:
Caregiver Support Coordinator- Trained professional that will assess your needs and find you the right programs.
Caregiver Support Line- Telephone system that you can call whenever you need assistance or guidance on what to do next.
Peer Support Program- This program allows you to team up with another caregiver and have them act as a mentor or support for your duties.
In-home health services like homemakers or home health aides.
Respite care and adult day care when you need a break,
Home telehealth that helps housebound seniors still get the medical care they need.
You can access these services or learn more about caregiver resources by calling the local caregiver support coordinator at 909-825-7084.
This center is run by the University of Southern California and is located in Los Angeles. It is a great resource for caregivers and can help you learn more about your job, find services in your area that can help you out, and offers support in any way that they can. You can check their website for more information or call toll-free at 855-872-6060.
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