When you start caring for an elderly loved one or family member, you might not take into consideration the toll it might take on your life and health. We are all eager to help our families and want to make sure we provide the best care and that at times can be draining, especially if you’re doing it all on your own or you never take a break. Support groups and supportive services can help you be a better caregiver
Region One is the Maricopa area agency on aging and not only do they provide invaluable resources and services for seniors in the community, but they also have plenty of resources for their caregivers as well.
Family caregivers can use the Family Caregiver Support Program, run through Region One, to get help for their loved ones like respite care, meal delivery, and many other supplemental services. There are also specific resources that are just for caregivers like the various caregiver resource zones that are set up in local libraries and visitor centers. You can go to these zones to find local programs to help.
Region One also has support groups you can join, and these groups can be a big help when it comes to being a caregiver. You can join a general caregiver support group, or you can find ones that cater to specific needs like Alzheimer’s care or even LGBT-friendly groups. If you want to learn more about these groups or you have any questions about any services, you can call the 24/7 helpline at (602) 264-4357.
The Alzheimer’s Association has a lot of resources that are just for caregivers because they know how hard it can be to take care of someone with this disease. They have about five different groups that meet in Scottsdale that you can join. These groups usually meet twice a month at various times and locations, so you can find one that will fit your schedule.
There is also an entire online community for caregivers you can use in case you can’t make it to a meeting, or there are none near you. There are online support groups, blogs, and forums that you can join to help get the connection you need while you’re caregiving.
This group’s mission is to make sure that seniors can stay in their homes for as long as possible. They do this by providing necessary services like dinner delivery, transportation to appointments, running errands, or even taking care of minor home repairs.
They also have a caregiver support group that meets every Monday for about two hours. You don’t have to register to join this group, but all you need to do is show up and share your experience and advice with others. If you would like more information about this support group, you can call (480) 895-7133.
If you want to find any caregiver resource in Arizona, then the Arizona Caregiver Coalition is the best resource. They have lists of services, programs, and resources that are local to you as well as training programs, classes, and respite care programs.
They also support services available online. They have an entire section of their site dedicated to caregiver stories. You can read all the stories and see how each caregiver managed their duties and got the support they needed. The Coalition also has online support group resources. You can find a support group or join a forum based on your needs and location. If you want more information on their services, you can call (888) 737-7494.
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