Thousands of Rochester seniors rely on the unpaid care that their friends, family members and neighbors provide each year. While acting as an informal caregiver can be a rewarding job, it can also be stressful. Support groups scattered throughout the city of Rochester help local caregivers to meet the challenges of looking after a senior citizen.
If your loved one has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you can schedule a care consultation with the Rochester & Finger Lakes Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association. Learn about dementia and how to provide care for an Alzheimer’s patient through community education classes or speak with other caregivers for guidance. Local peer support groups are held at the Monroe Community Hospital, St. Anne’s Community, and the St. Bernard’s Complex.
Caregivers can also meet other families who care for a dementia patient through organized social activities. Tour the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, the Rockwell Museum or the Corning Museum of Glass alongside other dementia patients and their caregivers, or meet up for a relaxing afternoon of games and refreshments. You can find out more about classes, support groups and social get togethers near you through the Alzheimer’s Association Community Programs and Services catalogue.
Alzheimer’s caregivers who need a break every now and then can look into respite care options offered by the Rochester Alzheimer’s Association branch. Respite services not only provide caregivers with much needed rest and relief, but can also benefit dementia patients. Music, art and pet therapy programs keep seniors mentally engaged and physically active during their time in local respite care programs. Call the Alzheimer’s Association support line at 1-800-272-3900 or browse online message boards to learn more about services for dementia caregivers.
If you are a Rochester area caregiver who is seeking support services, look no further than the Monroe County Office for the Aging. Families can learn how to access respite care provided by LIFESPAN, adult day health options offered through the Rochester Regional Health System, and other local programs. Call (585) 753-6280 to speak with a representative about caregiver assistance in your area.
Families who look after a veteran at home can contact their nearest VA Caregiver Support Coordinator to learn about VA benefits for caregivers. The Canandaigua VA Medical Center offers a number of support services that help to ease the workload of family caretakers.
Peer support groups give caregivers the opportunity to exchange ideas and advice.
Adult day centers provide relief for caregivers during business hours.
Respite care services allow family caregivers to take up to 30 days of vacation each year.
Home health aides, home-based primary care and skilled home nursing care services offer a spectrum of medical care for veterans living at home.
Telehealth services give families easy access to a care coordinator without having to leave the house.
Homemaking services help out with chores, errands and other household tasks.
Home hospice services provide comfort and support for seniors who are nearing the end of their life.
The VA National Caregiver Support Hotline can be reached at 1-855-260-3274 and helps families to understand and access VA health services.
Rochester families can contact the New York Department for the Aging (DFTA) to find nearby caregiver support services and programs. You can call 311 to contact a representative and learn about anything from local adult day programs to senior health services in your area. The DFTA Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Resource Center offers specialized assistance for families who care for a loved one with complex long-term health care needs.
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