If you have a loved one with dementia, sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn for guidance and advice. Fortunately, you aren’t the only person looking for help. These days, dementia resources for caregivers are more accessible than ever.
Dementia Resources for Caregivers
It takes a special kind of person to care for a loved one with dementia. Caregiving is a wonderful gift to give someone you care about, but the physical and mental labor involved can be isolating and frustrating. If that’s you, you should know that you are not alone. Did you know that over 16 million Americans act as partial or full-time caregivers for loved ones with dementia? Because so many people need support in this role, there are lots of dementia resources for caregivers that are available on the internet.
The Alzheimer’s Association
While dementia and Alzheimer’s aren’t exactly the same thing, Alzheimer’s is still a type of dementia. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, resources that are specific to the condition can be lifesavers. The Alzheimer’s Association has a complete and comprehensive guide to caregiving, including everything from an overview of a caregiver’s role to the nitty-gritty of planning a daily routine.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Do you have questions about how dementia treatment will be covered by Medicare? What about other community resources available to seniors with dementia? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has you covered with this comprehensive guide for caregivers. You can also use Benefits Check-Up to check into coverage for specific medications and treatments.
Caregiver Action Network
Sometimes you just need to talk to someone that gets it. Caregiver Action Network is a non-profit organization that helps dementia caregivers connect and share resources. Check out their website for helpful toolkits and resources, or join their online community to get advice and encouragement from your fellow caretakers.
Memory Café Directory
Do you and your loved one need a break from your daily routine? Sometimes coming up with an outing for a loved one with dementia that will be safe but also novel and fun is challenging. Memory Cafés are public spaces that are specifically designed to be safe and enjoyable for seniors with dementia, and can provide a great opportunity for social time. They even have virtual cafés that you can participate in from home!
Are you caring for a veteran? If so, you should know that there are special resources out there just for you. Military OneSource is meant to be the “first line of defense” for senior veterans living with all sorts of conditions, including dementia. Check out their guides on using veteran’s services for seniors with dementia or help your loved one connect with other veterans for support.
Long-Term Care Planning
If you’re caring for a loved one with dementia, you know that long-term planning is crucial. This site from the Administration for Community Living can help you understand how long-term care planning works, and will guide you in exploring different options like assisted living and memory care.
Dementia Friendly America
If you care for someone with dementia, you know that people with dementia still have a lot to contribute to a community. Unfortunately, stereotypes about seniors and dementia, combined with the difficulties of living with the condition, can result in isolation. Dementia Friendly America is trying to change this by advocating for public education and resources that keep people with dementia engaged in community life. Check out their guides for creating dementia-friendly spaces, or join their action network to see how you can help.
Finding dementia resources for caregivers can be challenging, but the resources are out there. If you aren’t sure where to start, reach out to the experts at the Shores of Lake Phalen. We’re here to help!
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