Who is a Caregiver?
A caregiver is a family member, close friend or neighbor who takes care of a frail or disabled older person. This role comes with many challenges and blessings. Our Caregiver Support and Respite Program is designed not only to help the caregiver manage stress and obstacles, but to help them to learn new skills, find the resources they need, and discover how to find caregiving to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.
Services include, but are not limited to:
- Caregiver Consultation. The focus of caregiver consultation adapts to the individual needs of the caregiver. The caregiver consultants will meet with caregivers to help them assess their needs and provide whatever support is needed. This may include emotional support, assistance in finding resources or information, or helping the caregiver develop new skills or approaches to problem-solving. Our caregiver consultants maintain contact with caregivers by phone, email or in person to help them improve the quality and duration of care they provide, and increase their satisfaction in the caregiving role.
- In-Home Respite. Sometimes Caregivers just need a break. Our volunteers are available to come to your home and stay with your loved one so you have a chance to recoup, make errands, catch up on other responsibilities, or whatever. Our ability to provide respite depends on the availability of our volunteers. Volunteers are not able to provide medical or personal care.
- Group Education and Support. Opportunities are available monthly for caregiver education and support. We provide monthly Parkinson’s Disease support groups. Other support groups and informal “caregiver coffee hours” also meet regularly. Call or check our webpage for current dates and locations.
- Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This educational workshop helps caregivers develop tools and improve confidence to help them care for themselves and their loved-one. This six-week series is led by trained facilitators using a standardized curriculum. It meets once a week for two hours. The weekly topics range from reducing stress, improving communication in difficult situations, and mastering caregiving decisions.
- Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) provides caregivers one on one education and counseling. Dementia care specialist work with each client individually to find workable solutions for such problems as caregiver stress, challenging behaviors, home safety, depression, self-care, and social support.
How to Register
Before services can begin, clients must enroll in the program by meeting with a caregiver consultant or another representative from Interfaith Caregivers. The enrollment process includes a home visit, completing a few forms, and discussing your needs and wishes. There is no cost to enroll.
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