If you are a caregiver for an elderly family member then you know it can be a difficult job and sometimes it feels like you have to do everything yourself. Fortunately, this isn’t true and there are plenty of programs right in Tucson that can provide you with the assistance you need. Even though you might feel guilty to admit you need a break or some help, it’s perfectly normal and a good idea to rest so that you can provide the best care possible.
Alzheimer’s is a difficult disease not only for those diagnosed with it but for the family members that have to care for it. The Desert Southwest chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association serves four different regions throughout Arizona and Nevada. There are programs, education, training, and events that are provided by the chapter in order to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
One way to help release feelings of frustration or express what it’s like to care for someone with Alzheimer’s is through the fine arts. Whether that’s song, artwork, poems, or short stories, you can share yours through the expressions page on the chapters page. You can view others works of art or stories and understand that while you might feel alone there are others who are going through the same thing.
You can also connect with others through a local support group. Tucson offers a few different locations and times where you can meet up with other caregivers and share your advice, tips, and stories and get a real sense of community. There are also a few programs that offer respite care so you don’t have to leave your loved one to attend.
CarePro is an educational program aimed at those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. It is a collaboration between a few different groups like the Arizona Department of Economic Security and Arizona State University and it is hosted by trained professionals in the field. Pre-registration and an initial screening process are required so check the calendar for the right dates.
The Pima Council on Aging is the Tucson Area Agency on Aging. They have many different services for seniors but they also provide an extensive amount of support for family caregivers. You can find training workshops, online resources, support groups, respite care, and other services that will help you be a better caregiver. You can call the Helpline at 502-790-7262 to get more information about all the programs and services.
Did you know that even if you aren’t a veteran but still take care of one, you can get access to services through the VA? There are not only programs for veterans but an entire list of caregiver resources available to you. These services include:
In-home care services like homemakers or home health aides.
Access to respite care if you need to take a break.
Skilled nursing or hospice care if required.
Caregiver Support Line that allows you to talk with trained professionals who can help you find medical services or just offer a listening ear.
Caregiver Support Coordinators who will listen to your unique needs and match you with the right services.
Peer Support Program which connects you with another caregiver so you can support and mentor each other.
All you need to do to find out more about these services are see if you’re eligible is call the local caregiver support coordinator at 520-792-1450.
You can also see if you’re qualified to enroll in the Family Caregiver Support Program through the Arizona Department of Economic Security. This program can provide support and financial assistance with things like respite care, counseling, and training programs. Call 888-737-7494 to find out more.
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