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Resources for Dementia Caregivers

By Lee Nyberg, 9:00 am on

As dementia progresses, families discover their loved one’s care needs increase and often do not know where to turn. Having access to a few resources can help families and caregivers alike manage disease-related challenges that arise. Omaha dementia care experts suggest the following resources to help families affected by dementia.

Educational Outlets

Information about dementia and the different methods for managing symptoms and coping with its challenges can easily be found on the Internet, at your local library, or in bookstores. Some popular reading material includes The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementias, and Memory Loss, The Long Hello, Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter’s Memoir, and On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s. 

Specialized Organizations

Specialized resources can help families better understand the specific type of dementia their loved one has been diagnosed with. Some of the more prominent specialized organizations include the Lewy Body Dementia Organization, the Alzheimer’s Association, and National Institute on Aging, which has information specific to Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia. All have websites, and many have local chapters.

Local Respite Care

As a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, one of the biggest challenges is often finding time to meet your own needs. When caregivers need a break for work, recreation, or their own health needs, local Omaha home care agencies are available to help. Respite care can be arranged on an hourly or live-in basis, depending on you and your loved one’s care needs.

Support Groups

In addition to respite care, most caregivers benefit from sharing their experience with others who have been where they are. Support is essential for learning about dementia, connecting with resources, and relieving stress. Support groups can be found locally through many hospitals, community centers, chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, and online through AlzConnected.org.

When families feel supported, the challenges of caring for a loved one feel more manageable, and the level of care your loved one receives will remain high quality. Find the resources you need to help yourself and your loved one by reaching out to Home Care Assistance of Omaha at (402) 763-9140. In addition to our specialized memory care services, we also offer premier stroke and Parkinson’s care for seniors in Omaha. Call us any time of day or night. We are available to help local families and provide quality care on short notice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.