What services are available for caregivers?
Work one-on-one with a professional who understands the needs and issues of the person you’re caring for and is focused on supporting you. With the Consultants help, you can:
- Solve caregiving problems and challenges
- Find helpful resources
- Set and meet goals
- A caregiver consultant can help you maintain life balance, learn new skills and gain confidence and stamina for providing care.
In many communities in Minnesota, you can work with caregiver consultants who are trained to deliver Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH). This nationally proven support, education, and skills-building consultation is for family members and others caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.
Gathering spouses, children and others involved in caring for a family member may seem hard and risky. Consider using a caregiver consultant to facilitate a meeting. This expert will help you identify needs, share responsibilities, work through conflict, and develop a plan that will serve both the person you care for and all of the helpers.
Caregiver support groups
Support groups for caregivers can offer a variety of things, including education, community resources and emotional support and networking. Most groups meet in person, but some are held via phone conferencing or the Internet.
Education available to caregivers includes training on managing your risk factors (e.g., stress and depression) family dynamics, managing difficult behaviors and navigating health and long-term care systems. You’ll gain the knowledge needed to make decisions, solve problems and feel more confident with your caregiving role.
One caregiver education program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is available throughout Minnesota. This six-week program is for family caregivers and focuses on learning skills for the caregiving role, including self-care, reducing personal stress, dealing with difficult emotions, communicating in challenging situations, and mastering caregiving decisions. Download descriptions of the six weekly classes and find a program offering in your area.
Respite for a caregiver means receiving a period of temporary substitute care, supervision, and companionship for the person you are caring for. Respite care is offered by home and community-based providers and can range from a couple hours to a short-term stay by the care receiver in a residential setting. You’ll get a mental and physical break from caregiving and the person you care for will gain a socializing opportunity.
To find these caregiver services in your area, call the Senior LinkAge Line.
Adult respite care
Often, your caregiving journey begins with the realization that an older adult in your life needs assistance with tasks such as grocery shopping, paying bills, cooking, or yard work. You may decide to take on these tasks yourself. Or, there are organizations that can help you as a caregiver to provide these services. Below is a list of services that are commonly used by caregivers. To find these services in your area call the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2344.