Caring for a chronically sick or disabled family member is an immense undertaking that places an immense strain on the caregiver. It is essential that people who care full-time for a family member receive support and care themselves so that they don’t suffer from the stress.
Seattle caregivers have access to a plethora of services and resources that exist to make the caregiver’s role less stressful and socially isolating.
Keep reading to learn about a few of the organizations in Seattle that are happy to help you as you help someone else.
The Alzheimer’s Association is dedicated to both curing Alzheimer’s disease and also supporting everyone who is affected by this degenerative memory disease. As a global organization, people can easily find assistance in coping with the fallout from a diagnosis, finding out what services are available, and locating support groups.
The Alzheimer’s Association is also the place to find a comprehensive directory of resources that will help Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones. You can also locate online communities and educational resources that will keep you informed and understand how the disease will progress.
When any of us is under duress, it can feel isolating when dealing with a situation that can be incomprehensible to most people.
The cure for isolation is lots of communication. However, how do you manage to be social with your peers when you’re limited to the immediate vicinity of your ill or disabled family member?
ALZConnected, working in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, provides a free online community for anyone touched by the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Access ALZConnect and join the online community to read what other people in your situation have to say, find out about resources you weren’t aware of, and enjoy speaking to other people who speak the language of Alzheimer’s.
Veterans of the U.S. military have access to a myriad of benefits, the most important of which is medical care through the Veteran’s Administration. A little-known fact is that the Veteran’s Administration will also help the people who care for chronically ill or disabled veterans.
Veterans who qualify can have their relatives who are full-time care providers paid as a home health aid, relieving the financial stress that being unable to work outside the home can cause.
Caregivers may also qualify for respite care and can always request assistance and information directly from the VA using the VA's Caregiver Support Line at 1-855-260-3274.
The support line will tell you all about assistance available from the Veteran’s Administration, help you to access services, and even connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at the VA Medical Center near you.
The King County Caregiver Support Network assists unpaid caregivers of adults over 18 years of age. The Support Network helps reduce caregiver stress and enables the care receivers to stay both at home and independent. Visit their website to learn more about how they can help you.
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