Caregiving can be demanding, and you want to be at your best at all times, which means taking breaks and finding a respite care program to help you recharge. You can also search for local caregiver support groups, education, training, and in-home services to make your job as a caregiver easier. Here are some great resources in the St. Petersburg area to help you be the best caregiver for your loved one.
The Alzheimer’s Association offers various programs for caregivers including training, care consultation, support groups, and guides to local resources.
The Helpline is available 24/7 at 1.800.272.3900. You can ask any questions, find information on local services, financial inquiries, treatment options, and get a care consultation.
There are training programs available to help you learn about the disease.
Local support groups help you meet with other caregivers to share ideas and learn from others’ experiences. You can also get emotional support just by talking to someone you know who understands. Alzheimer’s Association has a virtual community for caregivers across the nation to speak to one another if you have a hard time attending meetings.
For more information on these programs, you can contact a local office or call the Helpline.
The Gulf Coast Caregiver Support Groups help those who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s, stroke, or Parkinson’s disease. These groups give comfort and understanding to let the caregivers get the information they need to be at their best. This is an excellent way to relieve stress and get advice from others. There are weekly meetings.
Caregivers of veterans can find assistance from the VA’s Bay Pines Health Care System. Programs and services available include:
Respite care for caregivers at adult day centers or in the home
Helpline available for all questions and information at 855.260.3274
Caregiver support groups
Home care including homemaking services, skilled nursing care, and home health aides
Hospice home care
Your local services coordinator will help you understand eligibility requirements and can answer any questions at 727.398.6661, extension 12099.
The Pasadena Community Church offers caregivers support groups to share with others in a confidential setting. Caregivers are encouraged to share joys and also concerns with others to learn from one another. Most caregivers are caring for someone with a memory disorder, but everyone is welcome.
Meetings are Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. The address of the church is 227 70th Street South in St. Petersburg. You can call the church with questions at 727.381.2499.
The Area Agency on Aging offers support for caregivers through programs such as:
Personal Care – help your loved one with getting dressed and personal hygiene
Household Chores – assist with meals, housekeeping, laundry, transportation
Companionship – provide friendship and listening ear when you are not available
Respite – get a break or temporary relief from care
You can learn more by calling the Helpline at 1.800.963.5337.
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