Caring for a loved one is a rewarding job, but as most caregivers know, it can also be stressful. Many informal caregivers find that they need some help juggling their caregiving responsibilities with their personal life. Sacramento families can turn to local, state and national support groups when they need a hand looking after their loved one.
The Northern California & Northern Nevada chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association helps Sacramento families meet the challenges of caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related form of dementia. The organization offers guidance for dementia patients and their families through peer support groups and educational initiatives.
The Savvy Caregiver Series is an Alzheimer’s Association program that helps families learn how to care for a relative with dementia over the course of 6 weeks. Students learn specialized care techniques that help them to handle the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Classes are held in both English and Spanish.
Care Consultations assess the needs dementia patients and their families to determine what supportive services or local assistance they might need, such as respite care or help at home. Caregivers can also learn more about nearby senior services through the Alzheimer’s Association message boards or by calling 1-800-272-3900.
Sacramento residents can visit their local Area 4 Agency on Aging at 1401 El Camino Avenue during business hours on Tuesday through Friday, or they can reach a representative by calling 916-486-1876. The facility is one of more than 30 Area Agencies on Aging that serve families throughout the state of California. Seniors and caregivers living in Sacramento county can access a wide variety of state and federal services through their nearest Agency on Aging, including:
• In-home and out-of-home respite care services
• Home health care
• Health insurance counselling
• Legal services
• Senior nutrition programs
Families who care for a veteran can connect with the VA Northern California Healthcare system to learn more about support programs for caregivers. Whether you’re looking for temporary relief or help at home, you can contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator to learn more about all that the VA has to offer, such as:
• Peer support groups for families who seek guidance and companionship
• Adult day centers and home respite care services for caregivers who need a break
• Telehealth services and home-based primary care for housebound seniors
• Skilled home nursing care for veterans with complex medical needs
• Homemaker and home health aide services for overworked caregivers
• Home hospice care for seniors in their final stages of life
If you care for a veteran, you can call the VA National Caregiver Support Hotline at 1-855-260-3274 to learn more about how to access VA support services.
The California Department of Aging (DOA) administers supportive services for Sacramento seniors and their caregivers through local Area Agencies on Aging, public organizations and private agencies. The DOA Family Caregiver Support Program helps families to access training programs, counselling sessions, respite care, and other supplemental services. Caregivers should call the Senior Information Line at 1-800-510-2020 for more information.
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