Family caregiving may be one of the most important and hardest a person will undertake in their lifetime. Family caregivers provide care for a person who is 60 or older.
Often family caregiving responsibilities gradually become more and more demanding or a person is thrust into the situation as a result of an illness. This is not an easy role, nor is it one for which most of us are prepared. Like most people, you may have questions about how to cope with your care receiver's illnesses or disability.
If you have a job and are juggling several responsibilities or if your family member or friend needs a lot of assistance, you may need help with caregiving, too. Whether you are expecting to become a caregiver or have been thrust into the role overnight, it is useful to know where you can get information and help.
LADOA provides several programs and services for family caregivers through the Family Caregiver Support Program. These include:
1. Information to caregivers about available services,
Family Caregiver Trainings - provide training and education to family caregivers.
2. Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services,
Care Management - assess the needs of seniors and develops a care plan to meet those needs.
3. Individual counseling, organization of support groups, and caregiver training to caregivers to assist the caregivers in making decisions and solving problems relating to their caregiving roles.
Family Caregiver Support Groups - are provided on a regular basis throughout the City. For more information and a schedule of groups click here.
4. Respite care enables family caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities on an intermittent, occasional or emergency basis.
5. Supplemental services, on a limited basis, to complement the care provided by caregivers.