Caregivers do one of the most important jobs out there and because more seniors are turning to family members to provide their care, there are more caregivers than before. While it’s an important job it can also be a difficult job and there is no shame in admitting that you need help from time to time. It’s better to take a rest or get assistance so that you can give your loved one the best care possible and more groups are starting to provide caregiver support services. Here are just a few of the resources you can find in San Francisco.
Being a caregiver can be draining and being a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s can be even more draining. The Alzheimer’s Association understands that it’s important to not only take care of patients but the ones who care for them as well. The Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter has eleven offices over two states and provides a wide range of support services for caregivers.
The best way to prepare yourself for your role as a caregiver is to educate yourself as much as possible. You can find an entire list of classes aimed at caregivers, whether you’re new to the job or have been doing this for years. Check out the class schedule to find out when and where these classes are taught in your area.
If you’re feeling alone as a caregiver, a support group can be very helpful. These groups meet throughout the week in various locations so you should be able to find one that’s near you and fits your schedule. You can connect with other caregivers and share advice, resources, and support. Some of these classes also offer respite care so you have someone to look after your loved one while you attend.
You can also attend a local conference to learn more about Alzheimer’s, the research that is going on, and new methods of treatment and care. These conferences are annual and in different places, so make sure you check the schedule to find out when they are being held.
The local Human Service Agency of San Francisco is also the Area Agency on Aging. Through this agency, you can find caregiver supportive services in the form of in-home care, respite care, meal delivery services, and you can also find links to other senior resources. If you would like to find out more about one of these programs you can call 415-355-6700.
Veterans can receive medical care and other services under their VA benefits but if you provide care for a veteran, you’re eligible for many of the different caregiver resources. This list includes services like:
Caregiver Support Coordinators- Trained professionals who can assess your needs and match you to the appropriate services.
Peer Support Program- Team up with another caregiver to share support, advice, and mentoring.
Caregiver Support Line- A telephone service that can provide you with further information on medical services and assistance available to you. They can also help you with any caregiver problems you might be facing.
Access to services like respite care and adult day care when you need a rest
In-home services such as homemakers or home health aides
Skilled nursing or hospice care
All you have to do to learn more about these services are see if you’re eligible is call your local caregiver coordinator at 415-221-4810.
You might be able to get financial assistance for caregiver support services through the California Department of Aging Family Caregiver Support Program. If you meet the requirements you can gain access to counseling, training support, respite care, and supplemental services. You can learn more about this program at 800-510-2020.
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