1/30/16 | You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

How does it feel to “go it alone” as a caregiver

Frustrated? Stressed? Exasperated? If you are caring for someone with dementia, it can escalate quickly.

You have heard me say this before. Please – DO NOT try to do it all by yourself. It is okay to ask for help. It is the right thing to do (for you and for your loved one).

That is why I do my radio show. I am here to help you.

There are many others – friends, family, and, yes, agencies – who know more than you about some of those issues.

DID YOU KNOW that the VA Aid and Attendance Care program can help pay for assisted living facility? Or for in-home assistance for veterans of certain wars? Or, it will pay a caregiver who lives in the home to care for the patient?

DID YOU KNOW the Long-Term Care Program through ElderSource provides assistance for bathing, meals, housekeeping and other home needs? It also can help pay for assisted living, or helps with financial assistance for the in-home caregiver to maintain their household?

DID YOU KNOW that Aging True has many caregiver support programs, including respite care and assistance paying for adult day care?

My guest on Saturday will be Brenda Medders, a Medical Social Worker with Apex Home Health Care, Inc., of Jacksonville. She has many caregivers. Brenda is adept in working with people with dementia.

Brenda and I are two long-time social workers. We have answers for you.

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