When elders become ill or disabled, family members are usually the primary caregivers. Since these caregivers are so consistently on the job, the need for support for them is great and many times is not considered.
Levels of Support
There are many levels of support available for caregivers. Help is available for the use of caregivers to help them to keep their own needs in the equation:
- Support groups provide shared problem solving with others who have similar circumstances.
- Training for caregivers is available to help them with decision-making and problem-solving.
- Respite care is available to give the caregiver sometime away to take care of their own needs.
- There is a lending library which provides books, videos, and information on caregiving and aging issues of all types, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The lending library is free for anyone who may have an interest.
Every situation is unique and every caregiver needs support. If you are a caregiver, please consider taking advantage of the help that’s available. Caregiver support programs are here to help you continue your very important work. For more information, please call the Office for the Aging at 315-253-1226.
Next Steps In Care
Chances are good that the person you care for isn’t always in the same place. He or she may be at home with you. But he may be in the hospital or respite home for a time, and then be back home. It’s possible that she may need to visit the emergency room. The transitions from place to place can be frightening for your loved one and confusing for you both.
The Next Step in Care website can help. The Next Step in Care helps family caregivers get organized by providing documents where your important information can be kept so you’ll both feel more in control when transitions happen. These documents are free and include personal medical histories, medication charts, advance directives and more. Changes in care level or care settings will happen. Next Step in Care can help.