Just like with any hard job, you need help and a break from caregiving occasionally. Caregiving for an aging loved one is hard work but can also be one of your most rewarding jobs. Local government, non-profit agencies, and medical providers offer the support you need. Here are some resources in Tulsa to help you in your role as caregiver.
Tulsa County residents can take advantage of services offered by the local Area Agency on Aging to help improve health and independence. They offer homemaker services, caregiver support, senior health insurance counseling, transportation, legal assistance, nutrition education, health seminars, senior centers, and more. To learn more about these services, call 918.584.7526 or email [email protected]
The Alzheimer’s Association is here to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.
For reliable information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association Helpline at 1.800.272.3900. This line accessible 24/7 and staffed with highly trained professionals to answer questions on Alzheimer’s, medications, treatments, quality care options, living options, and legal and financial decisions. You can request confidential care consultation and get referrals to local community programs.
The Association offers support groups so you can reach out to others with Alzheimer’s and caregivers to share ideas, emotional support, and fears. The Association also provides an online community at www.alzconnected.org. There is a new, free resource for caregivers presenting video segments with education and training on dealing with the challenging issues of caregiving.
There are various education programs available. You can also view the extensive online library of courses and materials.
The Association maintains an updated list of home care, care management, eldercare attorneys, nursing homes, and other local licensed facilities in your area. You can also search for clinical trials near you.
As a caregiver for a veteran, you are most likely eligible for services provided by the VA.
Asking for help may be hard, but the VA makes it easy. Knowing the first point of contact always makes it easy to get help. To learn more about VA benefits available to you, call the VA’s Caregiver Support Line at 1.855.260.3274. You can find out about local programs for you and your loved one. The VA also offers a Peer Support program to connect you with other caregivers so you can learn about additional resources or just get some emotional support.
Adult Day Care Centers are available for veterans to get them socialized in a safe, supervised environment. You can find additional options for respite care should you need a break.
For those veterans who are homebound, the VA assists with health care and personal care services to come directly to your home. The VA offers home hospice care to keep your loved one comfortable during the final stages of a terminal disease. Hospice also provides emotional support and counseling for the family.
LIFE Senior Services specializes in home and community services for seniors. They offer programs and services such as adult day health, care management, Medicare assistance, senior centers, senior help line, tax aid, and more. You can learn more by calling the SeniorLine at 918.664.9000.
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