Use the following questions to help determine how well the person with dementia is functioning on his/her own and to identify safety concerns.
Caring for an aging parent or someone with a physical disability can be tough, which is why we’re here to help. Every day, we empower a generation of caregivers with the freedom, tools and people they need to cope and succeed with their day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. But not every situation is the same.
10 Tips for Caregivers:
Choose to take charge of your life, and don't let your loved one's illness or disability always take center stage.
Remember to be good to yourself. Love, honor and value yourself. You're doing a very hard job and you deserve some quality time, just for you.
Watch out for signs of depression, and don't delay in getting professional help when you need it.
When people offer to help, accept the offer and suggest specific things that they can do.
Educate yourself about your loved one's condition. Information is empowering.
There's a difference between caring and doing. Be open to technologies and ideas that promote your loved one's independence.
Trust your instincts. Most of the time they'll lead you in the right direction.
Grieve for your losses, and then allow yourself to dream new dreams.
Stand up for your rights as a caregiver and a citizen.
Seek support from other caregivers. There is great strength in knowing you are not alone.
Reprinted from the NFCA's 10 Tips for Family Caregivers with permission of the National Family Caregivers Association, Kensington, Md., the nation's only organization for all family caregivers. 1-800-896-3650 / www.nfcacares.org
For more information on the Generations’ Caregiver Program, call 800.742.9002
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National Family Caregiver Support Program
National Family Caregiver Support Program
Are you a caregiver? Do you provide transportation for a loved one? Do you help your parents with errands or shopping? Do you prepare meals for a neighbor? Do you provide hands-on care for a spouse? If so, Generations may be able to help!
The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides a number of support services for family caregivers, including information access, individual counseling, support groups & training, respite services, and supplemental services. For more information on this program, including eligibility definitions, please contact our office at (812)888-5880 or toll free at (800)742-9002. You may also visit the Administration on Aging website by clicking here.
RCI REACH (Resources Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health) provides education, a focus on safety for the patient, support for the caregiver, and skills building to help caregivers manage difficult patient behaviors and decrease their own stress. Generations is one of only 28 sites nationwide that offer the RCI REACH program. We serve caregivers in Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Knox, Martin, and Pike Couties who are currently caring for a loved one with memory issues. To find out more about this program click here. To speak to a local options counselor, please call (812)888-5880 or toll free (800)742-9002.
Caregiver SOS by WellMed Charitable Foundation centers offer complimentary programs designed to support family caregivers in their care‐giving role, including one-on‐one assistance, education, wellness activities and more. Visit their website at http://caregiversos.org/ for more information. Be sure to sign up for their free monthly e‐newsletter that offers a wealth of caregiver information, resources and a schedule of their free caregiver webinars.
For more information on the Eldercare Locator Programs or Services for older adults and caregivers visit www.eldercare.gov or call 1-800-677-1116.
National Institute on Aging link
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It’s not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones. The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Visit their website at theconversationproject.org to find the help you need to get your thoughts together and then have the conversation.