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Caregiver Support

If you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend, or child, there are many demands on your time. You want to provide the best care possible, and if you are like many caregivers, you have many other commitments on top of your caregiving responsibilities. We hope these resources will help you take good care of yourself as you care for your loved one.

Support Groups:

Kennett Area Senior Center Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group

Meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 10AM

427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square, PA 19348

For more information, call (610) 444-4819

Books:

Caregiving: Hospice-Proven Techniques for Healing Body and Soul by Douglas C. Smith

The Caregiver Helpbook: Powerful Tools for Caregivers by Marilyn Cleland, Vicki L. Schmall, Marilynn Studervant,
and Leslie Congleton

Caregiver Training:

American Red Cross Family Caregiving

(Be Red Cross Ready Safety Series)

Family Caregiving is a quick reference guide with a companion DVD to assist individuals to care for an elderly or chronically ill loved one, learn basic caregiving skills and how to reduce stress and balance the demands of work and home. The 128 page, full-color, spiral-bound book is tabbed to allow quick and easy access to critical information, and includes charts for recording vital signs and medications, as well as a tri-fold Emergency Contact Card to keep with a loved one in case of an emergency. Plus, the DVD will help caregivers master skills such as positioning and transferring a loved one by watching healthcare experts in action. The DVD is closed captioned for the hearing impaired. (Video Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes)

Topics included in the guide:

  • Home safety
  • Caregiving skills
  • Body mechanics
  • Personal care
  • Healthy eating
  • Caring for the caregiver
  • Legal and financial issues
  • Dementia and
  • Caregiving resources

Available for $24.95 at www.redcrossstore.org/Shopper/Product.aspx?UniqueItemId=80&Page=1

Pennsylvania Department of Aging 60+ Waiver (PDA 60+ Waiver)

www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=616684&mode=2

Government program assists low-income older persons who require nursing level of care remain in their own homes by helping to pay for home and community based services including:

  • In home care
  • Adult day care
  • Respite
  • Home modifications
  • Transportation
  • Home delivered meals
  • Multiple requirements:
  • Adults age 60 and older
  • Low income (Medicaid eligible)
  • Require nursing level of care

Area Agencies on Aging:

Chester County Dept. of Aging Services

910-344-6350

www.chesco.org/aging

Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging

610-490-1300, 800-416-4504

www.delcosa.org

Online Resources:

Caregiver Stressmeter

www.caregiverstress.com/caregiver-stressmeter/

Wondering how bad your stress is from your caregiving responsibilities? Use this "stressmeter" to find out.

Lotsa Helping Hands

www.lotsahelpinghands.com/eldercare/home/

Lotsa Helping Hands web site helps the primary caregiver coordinate help from others. Volunteers see a calendar of activities that are requested (usually rides and meals, but other types of activities can be listed) and can sign up with a few mouse clicks. Appropriate notification and reminders occur via email, saving you from needing to make reminder phone calls.

Today’s Caregiver: For, About and By Caregivers

www.caregiving.com

Well Spouse Association

www.wellspouse.org

Well Spouse Association is a national, non-profit membership organization that provides support to

wives, husband, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled.

AARP

www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/

Lots of articles and information for caregivers.

Care for the Family Caregiver: Help Along the Way

by National Alliance for Caregiving

www.caregiving.org

In Case of Emergency:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 800-273-8255 to be routed to the nearest crisis center in your area.

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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