Caregiver Support and Education

Caregivers

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.


Services and Benefits

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:

  1. Help is available seek it out and use it.
  2. Take care of yourself, or you will be unable to take care of anyone else.

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:

  • reduces caregiver stress, burden and injuries
  • increases caregiver confidence and knowledge
  • improves the quality of care
  • helps caregivers balance their lives and caregiving responsibilities

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.

Eligibility

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:

  • caregivers who are feeling overwhelmed or stressed
  • caregivers whose care recipients` needs are changing
  • new caregivers

To qualify:

  • either the care recipient or caregiver must be at least 60 years old 
  • there is no age requirement for family caregivers who provide care for individuals with Alzheimer`s disease and other brain disorders
  • either the client or caregiver must live in one of the five counties served by COA - Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties
  • priority will be given to older individuals with the greatest social and economic need, and to older individuals providing care to individuals with severe disabilities

How to Enroll

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (513) 721-1025.

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