Family members are finding themselves in the role of caregivers. While this task is very gratifying, it can be extremely challenging at times. Luckily, there are a variety of services available to you through local government, non-profit agencies, health care institutions, and other private organizations. These services include health care, respite care, emotional support, caregiver support groups, and more. Here are four resources in the Saint Paul area to help you with your role as caregiver.
The VA support veterans and also caregivers through various programs and services.
To begin your search for benefits, call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274. You will speak to a caregiver support coordinator about your needs, and he or she will match you with the right programs. The VA Peer Support program is a great resource that connects you to other caregivers to share ideas and discuss feelings.
Adult Day Care Centers give veterans the socialization they need and in a safe, supervised environment. You may need additional respite care for a needed break, and the VA offers various respite care options in addition to Adult Day Care Centers.
For homebound veterans, the VA offers visiting health care and personal care programs. These programs include basic nursing services, therapies, and daily personal care. For those facing advanced stages of a terminal disease, home hospice care gives the right amount of care to ensure the veteran is comfortable. Hospice also provides the family with emotional support.
In the Twin Cities Metro area, you can find a variety of programs for seniors and caregivers including a caregiver consultant, family meetings, education, caregiver support groups, respite care, and more. If you are looking for information, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1.800.333.2433 to discuss your needs and goals.
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or memory loss, the Alzheimer’s Association is here for you. For information on programs available or for questions, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline anytime, 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900. The highly trained staff will answer your questions on caregiving tips, information on the disease, treatment options, medications, and services available in your community. You can also call for emotional support because Alzheimer’s can be overwhelming.
The Association offers more than 120 support groups throughout Minnesota and North Dakota for emotional support. Meetup also provides various groups and events for caregivers. There are also Memory Clubs for those with early dementia to provide a safe environment to learn about the disease.
You can also connect with other caregivers throughout the nation online through message boards and chat rooms on www.alzconnected.org.
The Association offers classes and webinars to learn more about memory loss.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota provides services for older adults and caregivers including caregiver coaching and counseling, support groups, training, respite care morning out groups, respite care in the home, and family support services. To learn more, call 1.800.488.4146 or email [email protected].
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