Family Caregiver Support

Family Caregiver Classes

The Family Caregiver Support Program offers the highly successful, evidence based national program called “Powerful Tools for Caregiving”. This class series meets one time a week for six weeks offering the family caregiver a wealth of self-care tools to:

  • Reduce personal stress
  • Change negative self-talk
  • Communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers
  • Recognize the messages in their emotions
  • Deal with difficult feelings
  • Making tough caregiving decisions

 

Each participant receives the “caregiver Helpbook” and there is no cost to attend the classes.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program you can count on to make a positive difference in your life.

 

“This program truly has given me some tools for communication with my mother, who has dementia. This course is very helpful because it challenged me to take action for my own needs. I am a better Caregiver because I have taken the time to take these classes.” – Nancy C.

Support Groups

Family Caregiver Support Group

Caregivers so seldom take time or find the place to talk about their own needs. Support groups can help the family caregiver find some relief from isolation, share their experiences as a caregiver, and all the emotions that accompany that role.

Third Tuesday of each month from 2:00-4:00PM

The Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center

327 South Hayne Street, Monroe, NC 28112

Respite & Caregiver Relief

Taking care of an older or ill family member can be enormously rewarding, but it can be physically and emotionally draining as well. That’s why it is important for caregivers to seek occasional respite from their responsibilities.

Respite care provides relief for the caregiver. It takes some of the burden and stress away. Getting respite care is important for your health and for your ability to continue to provide care for your loved one.

The Family Caregiver Support Program offers temporary respite for an eligible caregiver needing a break.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Caregivers are not limited to individuals simply caring for older loved ones,  sometimes we find ourselves in the unique situation of caring for grandchildren. You are not alone! Reach out to our Family Caregiver Support Specialist for more information on available programming and support opportunities through Council on Aging and other local organizations.

 

Support is available to grandparents 55 and older caring for a grandchild 18 or younger. For more details, call (704)-292-1797.

Supportive Videos

Council on Aging and the Family Caregiver Support Program has a collection of resources to help caregivers. Below are some short videos that share positive reactions to common frustrating behaviors as well as some useful skills such as how to help someone with bathing and how to help someone get in and out of a car. If you are interested in more resources, contact our Family Caregiver Support specialist.

Behavioral Issues

Adult Day Programs

An adult day program provides services during the day such as meals, socialization, games and educational activities. This allows the caregiver the freedom to get a break or go to work during the day.

 

The Next Door Group Respite Program is an excellent example of an adult day program for individuals with memory loss. The setting is very home-like and keeps the participant to staff ratio low for that quality one-on-one contact. However, if our program is not an ideal fit for you, there are other adult day programs available in the area!

If you are interested in learning more about how an adult day care program can help or the adult day care options for our area, feel free to contact our  Family Caregiver Specialist by calling the office at (704)-292-1797.