The job of a caregiver is important yet challenging. Whether you’re a child, grandchild, friend, or other family members, taking care of an aging loved one can be a full-time job. To provide you with the support, assistance, or information you need to be the best caregiver possible, there are a number of resources available to you in the Sarasota area.
Here are just a few services for Sarasota caregivers:
The Alzheimer’s Association is a trusted resource for caregivers all across the country. At the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, caregivers can find support in the form of educational programs, support group meetings, online resources, and more.
The education and training programs offered by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association can help Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families better understand the diseases. Here are a few of the caregiver training programs the chapter offers:
The ABC’s of Care Giving The Caregiver Training Series Understanding & Addressing Challenging Behaviors Reconnecting with Your Faith Responding to Communication Changes Stress Management for Caregivers Activities for People with Alzheimer’s Disease Memories in the Making Driving & Dementia Safety in the Home Putting the Happy Back in the Holidays Preventing & Responding to Wandering
To get in contact with the Sarasota office of the Florida Gulf Coast Alzheimer’s Association chapter, caregivers can call (941) 365-8883 or visit 3277A Fruitville Road.
The Southwest Florida Area Agency on Aging serves seven counties in Florida, including Sarasota. In addition to helping older individual receive benefits, care, and attention they need, the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is also dedicated to providing services to caregivers. With the National Family Caregiver Support Program, the Area Agency on Aging assists family members caring for their older loved ones. To discuss the program or discover other ways the Area Agency on Aging can help, call (866) 413-5337.
For caregivers of veterans, the VA can provide a number of caregiver support services. For those in the Sarasota area, the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is available. With the caregiver support services offered by the VA, you can receive:
Help performing homemaker tasks and other day-to-day activities, such as bathing, feeding, or cooking.
Respite care if you need to go out of town, handle other responsibilities, or just get a break.
Access to Adult Day Care Centers that can provide supervision and activity during business hours.
The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System also provides you with access to the VA’s Caregiver Support Line. You can call (855) 260-3274 if you need someone to talk to, you need assistance connecting with the medical center, or you have questions you need answering.
Caregivers in Sarasota can also receive assistance from the Department of Elder Affairs for the state of Florida. In partnership with the Area Agency on Aging, the Department of Elder Affairs helps connect caregivers to support groups, training, respite care, and information through the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
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