Finding the Best Community Resources for Caregivers
Becoming a caregiver for a loved one can seem like an insurmountable role, but there are community resources available to assist you. In order to find the appropriate community resources for your loved one, you must first discuss their needs. Before searching for assistance, ask the following questions.
Questions to Ask Before Seeking Community Resources
- What type of assistance do they need now?
- What type of assistance may they need in the future?
- What are your schedules like? Are there any conflicts?
- Will you or other family members have any other limitations in providing care?
- Is there anyone else in your family who is available to help?
- Should you hire a professional caregiver?
- Will your family member be able to live on his or her own, or would an Assisted Living Facility be more suitable?
Existing Community Resources
- The Area Agency on Aging – this is a network of over 600 organizations dedicated to serving the elderly.
- Palm Beach 211
- Counseling services provided by the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
- Caregiving services found through the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
- The PBC Nutrition Program – provides home-delivered and congregate meals to seniors 60+.
- Respite Care Programs
- Adult Day Care Programs
- Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County – provides legal information and assistance to qualifying individuals.
- Hospice Care – focusing on the palliation of the chronically ill, hospice can provide a full range of care.
These services are in very high demand, so don’t become discouraged if there is a wait. Because of this, it’s best that you begin seeking community resources before your situation becomes overwhelming. If you call one of these services, be sure to have your loved one’s information as well as something to write on available.
To learn more, visit our Caregiving Tips and Tools page.