Each year, thousands of families living across California turn to caregiver support groups for assistance and guidance. Public agencies and private organizations help families to provide top notch home care through education initiatives, health services and respite care programs. If you are a senior caregiver living in San Jose, there are several groups that can help you to keep your friend or loved one healthy, happy and comfortable as they age.
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or a related form of dementia poses unique challenges for friends and family members. Many San Jose caregivers rely on support services provided by the Northern California & Northern Nevada Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association to provide quality care for their loved one.
Support groups held in English, Spanish and Mandarin connect caregivers with new friends and mentors living throughout Santa Clara county, while education programs teach families how to care for dementia patients. The Savvy Caregiver Series is an intensive 6 week workshop that provides clinical-level training for family caregivers. Online courses such as the 3-part Living With Alzheimer’s workshop help families learn how to handle loved ones going through early, middle or late-stage dementia. Caregivers can also exchange information and advice through Internet forums or contact the national Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900 to learn more about local support services.
California is home to more than 30 Area Agencies on Aging that manage support programs for seniors, their caregivers and their families. Sourcewise serves the residents of Santa Clara county, helping them to locate and access nearby services such as respite and adult day care, counselling groups, and peer support sessions. Call 408-350-3200 to find support programs near you.
San Jose residents can turn to the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System to connect with their local Caregiver Support Coordinator and learn more about VA services and benefits. Veterans and their caregivers can access a variety of valuable resources such as:
Peer Support groups designed to help families cope with the challenges of veteran care
Adult day centers that care for veterans during business hours
Up to 30 days each year of home respite care services
Telehealth services, home-based primary care and skilled home nursing care for housebound seniors
Homemaker and home health aide services to help lighten the workload at home
Home hospice care to provide comfort and support for terminal patients and their families
The VA National Caregiver Support Hotline, which can be reached by calling 1-855-260-3274
Area Agencies on Aging throughout California coordinate with the California state Department of Aging (DOA) to deliver senior services to families that care for an elderly relative. The Department is responsible for overseeing the Family Caregiver Support Program, which offers an array of support services designed to complement the unpaid care provided by families, friends and neighbors. San Jose caregivers can reach the DOA Senior Information Line at 1-800-510-2020 to find out more about counselling support, training programs, respite care and other supplemental services.
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