Caregiver Support and Education
Do you frequently help an older loved-one with housekeeping, grocery shopping, errands, meal preparation, transportation, paperwork, or personal care (bathing, getting dressed)? If so, you are one of more than 50 million Americans who provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend.
Many caregivers do not identify themselves as such. They tend to see themselves as just doing what they are supposed to do as a spouse or child. However, they are more inclined to seek help and become more skilled if they identify themselves as a caregiver.
Family caregivers often describe their lives as being on a roller coaster ride. They rise to heights of love, selflessness and sense of purpose and then slide to depths of frustration, resentment and burn-out.
They find themselves in a new world for which they are unprepared. The stress is compounded when caregivers have other responsibilities, such as children and work.
Experienced caregivers eventually learn two vital lessons:
Council on Aging`s free Caregiver Education and Support Program can help.
Through our program, we`ll send a Registered Nurse to your home to conduct a free caregiving assessment. This assessment involves you as the caregiver, and your loved one as the care recipient. Following the assessment, the nurse will make any necessary referrals for services, and provide educational materials and resources, hands-on training, and emotional support.
The Caregiver Education and Support Program:
Caregivers who receive an assessment will also receive a Caregiver Training Manual, a 200- page guide written by Registered Nurses who have more than 35 years of home care experience. The guide includes topics and links to additional resources ranging from nutrition and homemaking to medications and personal care.
COA nurses visit and help more than 350 caregivers each year. On post-visit surveys, 98 percent of caregivers on average report the program had a positive impact on their lives.
Caregivers can be family members, friends, neighbors anyone who devotes some of their time to providing care for those who can`t care for themselves.
Help is available for:
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (513) 721-1025.