Caregiver Support Program
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 65 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.
Council on Aging's Caregiver Support Program can help. The program provides one-on-one support for family or volunteer caregivers.
To quality, the caregiver or care recipient must be at least 60 years old and live in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties.
There is no age requirement for family caregivers who provide care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
COA's Caregiver Support Program is tailored to meet individual needs. The program is for:
During a consultation, a caregiver support nurse will assess the caregiver and the care recipient. Providing referral information, educational materials and resources, hands-on instruction, and emotional support.
The caregiver support nurse works one-on-one with the caregiver to:
Research has shown that caregivers are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety (American Journal of Public Health). COA's caregiver support nurse is a registered nurse who provides caregivers with much needed emotional support. Offering caregivers an understanding ear and provide an outlet for venting frustrations, fears and other feelings.
Council on Aging contracts with Catholic Charities which offers the Caregiver Support Network. We also contract with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati which has support services for caregivers helping a loved one with dementia.
Caregivers may also contact Council on Aging to discuss eligibility for our in-home care programs, all of which offer support services for caregivers.
Additionally, our online resource directory is full of information, resources and tips for caregivers.