Philadelphia is one of the largest metro areas in the northeastern United States. Residents of the City of Brotherly Love who serve as caregivers to their aging loved ones fulfill the very tenet of the city's long-held motto. There's no greater calling than helping a loved one age gracefully, and those who volunteer out of the good of their heart to help neighbors in need are equally deserving of recognition and assistance. Whether you're caring for a loved one or volunteering as a caregiver, finding the right resources to help you provide the best care can be difficult. Below are 11 helpful resources for Philadelphia caregivers to help care for seniors as well as your own personal emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter is the local chapter of the global Alzheimer's Association. Caregivers in Philadelphia have access to valuable resources through ALZ.org that can aid in providing better care to aging seniors. The Consumer Education programs, for example, offer education, guidance, empowerment, and recognition for caregivers. Click here for Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter.
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Aging Life Care Association Mid-Atlantic GCM is a network of private practitioners helping families place seniors in a loving, caring community designed to support their physical, mental, and emotional needs as they age. For Philadelphia caregivers with busy lives or who may even no longer live in the same region as their parents, this service helps caregivers connect with attorneys, nursing homes, physicians, and community agencies whose goals are to support aging loved ones. Click here for Aging Life Care Association Mid-Atlantic GCM.
Eldercare is a locator service that is administered by the US Administration on Aging. The goal is to connect Philadelphia caregivers and seniors with adult day programs, financial assistance specializes, and food & nutrition support. There are also tools and resources available for long-term care planning, advanced care planning, and links to help check for available senior benefits. Click here for Eldercare.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging enables Philadelphia seniors to continue living an independent lifestyle, whether they're living at home or in the home of a caregiver. PCGS helps seniors age well, enjoy life, and remain as independent as possible through protective services, food & meal delivery, and even assistance with housing and healthcare. Click here for Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.
A Place Like Home II offers companionship and care in its community so caregivers can take a day off from watching over a loved one, without having to sacrifice the quality of care seniors receive. Services here are geared toward those with Alzheimer's and dementia, but there are also daycare programs onsite for seniors with physical disabilities. Click here for A Place Like Home II.
Active Day of Chestnut Hill gives caregivers a chance to relax, while offering mental and emotional stimulation to seniors. Through exercise, games, crafts, and entertainment, seniors enjoy an Active Day of care in a community that meets their medical needs, rehabilitation needs, and basic care needs. Click here for Active Day of Chestnut Hill.
Barber National Institute Community-based Day Services is for adults and seniors with developmental disabilities. Rather than sitting in an adult day care center all day long, seniors get a chance to go out and engage with the local community just as they would have in their youth. Examples of available activities include participation in local clubs, volunteer opportunities, exercise and wellness groups, music/art therapy, and even movement therapy. Click here for Barber National Institute Community-based Day Services.
Menno Haven's Elder Day Care creates a structured environment in which Philadelphia seniors can engage with others and enjoy specialized care. The programs accommodate impaired adults and frail seniors with trained staff, nurses, and personal care attendants meeting their unique needs throughout the day. Click here for Menno Haven's Elder Day Care.
Homelink Inc. is available daily from Monday to Friday to help seniors live a better life. There are recreation and leisure programs to restore, strengthen, and maintain physical and mental well-being. Professional services onsite include nursing care, social work, and primary care. There is also transportation to help seniors get to the center and local attractions. Click here for Homelink Inc.
Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia Inc. looks after the needs of Philadelphia seniors over the age of 60. Whether seniors are struggling with health issues, disability, or frailty due to age, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries provides a personal care plan, nursing services, social services, computer activities, and delicious meals among its many options. Seniors enjoy a sense of belonging in the community with joy and peace of mind. Click here for Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia Inc.
Lutheran Settlement House Care's Program focuses on providing emotional, psychological, financial, and physical assistance to caregivers in Philadelphia, PA. Caregivers face an insurmountable task at times, and when exhaustion sets in their life can suffer as a result. CARES believes in reducing the stress on caregivers through support groups and valuable resources. Click here for Lutheran Settlement House Care's Program.
We've also compiled a list of 16 apps and websites that provide home delivery services to seniors in the Philadelphia area. Click here to see that senior living list.
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