Caregiving is vital as our baby boomers are aging. More and more people are taking on the role of caregiver for parents, family members, or close friends. The role of caregiver is very tiring, and caregivers need relief from time to time. There are numerous programs available through government agencies, private non-profits, medical providers, and charities. These programs offer respite care, education, emotional support, and other care. Below are some resources in Seattle that provide caregiver benefits.
The Washington State Chapter of the National Alzheimer’s Association provides education, a 24/7 Helpline, care consultation, virtual library, early stage programs, and other resources. There are educational workshops for family caregivers, health care professionals, and those with Alzheimer’s disease. You can go to a training class or complete online training.
Early-Stage Social Engagement Programs provide exercise programs and relationship building activities for this with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Care partners can also join these sessions and walking groups. The Staying Connected program promotes health to those adults with early memory loss and their caregivers.
Early Stage Support Groups provide social and emotional support for those with memory loss and their caregivers. Several support groups meet on a regular basis in Seattle that caters to every need and situation.
There is a special section of the Alzheimer’s Association website dedicated to caregivers. You can find online forums to answer questions and reach out to other caregivers because you are not in this alone. AlzConnected is created specifically for caregivers to reach out.
You can also call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline to speak with knowledgeable staff about memory loss, treatments, financial decisions, living options, and skills for caregiving. Give them a call for any questions or to get referrals at 1.800.272.3900.
The King County Caregiver Network helps reduce a caregiver’s stress by providing services such as referrals for local support and counseling groups, respite care, medical supply advice, caregiving information, and training. Most services are free, and the respite care cost is calculated using a sliding-fee scale.
The VA offers trained professionals to help you find services for your family. The VA provides the following programs for family caregivers of veterans:
Caregiver Support Line to assist you with services available from the VA
Caregiver Support Coordinator to provide you information on your service matches
Peer Support to connect you with other caregivers
Adult Day Care Centers for constant supervision outside the home
Home Care with a medical professional
Homemaker and Home Health Aides to come to the home and assist veterans with personal care
Home Hospice Care
Call the toll-free VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 855.260.3274 to learn more.
The Community Living Connections Network provides a network for aging services in Seattle area. You can find information on nutrition programs, Medicaid, social activities, caregiver programs, and care management. You can also get an individual consultation to create a plan perfect for you and your loved one. Give them a free and confidential call at 844.348.5464.
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