Caregiving is a job that never stops. It is demanding of your time and your energy, but it is well worth it to see your loved one at home. To keep up your strength and energy, it’s critical for you to take a break and get support. Respite care provides you temporary relief. Support groups allow you to meet other caregivers to share stories. In Toledo, you can find these services and more. Below is an outline of some caregiver support groups and services in Toledo.
The University of Toledo provides community outreach through various health and support group programs. The Toledo Caregiver’s Support Group meets once a month. These meetings are on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. These meetings are at the Lutheran Village Wolfe Creek at 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road. If you would like to attend or want more information, call 419.383.6737.
The Alzheimer’s Association knows how difficult it can be to care for someone with Alzheimer’s. The Northwest Ohio Chapter supports caregivers through a variety of services such as care consultation, training, area referrals, Safe Return program, early-stage programs, and caregiver support groups.
You can get help or ask questions anytime through the Helpline at 1.800.272.3900. A trained professional can answer your questions about help from the Association, care options, caregiving tips, respite care, and services in your area. Also, you can call to get emotional support at any time.
There are local support groups so you can meet with other caregivers for someone to talk to or ask advice. This site also lists area conferences and training programs. If leaving the house is difficult with your schedule, you can join the online community to chat with other caregivers across the nation.
The Association offers various educational conferences in your area. You can also contact your local office for various lending materials about the disease.
To learn more about these programs, you can visit the Toledo Office at 2500 North Reynolds Road or call 419.537.1999.
If you are caring for a veteran, you can inquire about help through different VA hospital systems in the area. There is not a hospital in Toledo but there are some in nearby Ann Arbor, Detroit, Fort Wayne, and Cleveland so that you can choose the best location for you. Caregivers of veterans can look into the following services:
Helpline at 855.260.3274 for all inquiries and assistance
Respite care through adult day centers or in the home
Peer support groups with other caregivers
Homemaking, skilled nursing care, and home health aides in-home care
Hospice home care
Additional services for veterans injured post 9/11 includes stipend, training, and medical coverage
For more information on these services and to see what services are near you, call the Helpline at 855.260.3274.
Your local Area Agency on Aging can assist you with various programs including care training information, adult day services, home-delivered meals, temporary or respite care, caregiver support groups, and information on area resources.
The Northwest Ohio Area Agency on Aging has links to various resources and programs. For additional information, you can visit the local office at 2155 Arlington Avenue, submit an online inquiry, or call 1.800.472.7277.
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