Caring for an aging loved one or volunteering in a senior living center can be a tiring task, but it is also one that many feel compelled to provide for those who are in greater need than themselves. If you're a Tampa-St. Petersburg caregiver putting your physical, emotional, and mental health on the line to support a loved one, you deserve the best assistance possible. After all, to give your best to a senior you need to be at your best. This list of Tampa-St. Petersburg caregiver resources provides plentiful information you can use to recharge your mind, body, and soul as you provide loving care to a family member or local senior.
US Department of Veteran Affairs provides care for the nation's Veterans and the city of Tampa-St. Petersburg has long been a hub of military activity in the southeast. Its services extend beyond caring for Veterans though by offering support to those fulfilling the role of family caregiver for those who of "borne the battle" against our nation's enemies. It's not easy to ask for help, but the VA stands ready to assist Tampa caregivers with caregiver support groups managed by trained professionals as well as a Tampa caregiver support hotline staffed by licensed professionals. Your loved ones didn't fight alone, and neither should you as their caregiver. Click here for US Department of Veteran Affairs.
Elder Affairs – State of Florida manages an Alzheimer's Disease Initiative designed to support both those suffering from the disease and their caregivers. Respite services are available for those Tampa caregivers who need assistance in the 24-hour care of loved ones. The ADI coordinates in-home, facility-based, emergency, and extend-care (30 days) respite care to provide caregivers the relief they need without sacrificing the quality of care loved ones receive. Click here for Elder Affairs - State of Florida.
Alzheimer's Family Organization is a local non-profit that serves eight counties within the Tampa Bay area, dedicated to educating, supporting, and assisting caregivers. The group provides educational seminars for caregivers, publishes a companion newsletter to assist caregivers andprovide stories from others that show you are not alone in the stress of caring for a loved one. There are also support groups, emergency placement coordination, and a respite care financial reimbursement program. Click here for Alzheimer's Family Organization.
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute provides a variety of Tampa caregiver services and resources. Family counseling helps caregivers learn to identify and cope with stress, while its Caregiver Education Series consists of eight seminars offered annually entitled "Alzheimer's Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know." The seminars are free of charge. Click here for USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute.
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Lewy Body Dementia Association is a national association whose Avon Park, FL caregiver support group meets locally to help family members of loved ones adjust to life with a family member's progressive dementia issues. The group meets every Monday throughout the year from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Click here for Lewy Body Dementia Association.
Dementia Caregiver Resources operates caregiver support groups available to residents of the Tampa Bay area. Facilitated by Karen Truman Ph.D. and Jeff Truman MS Ed, the group encourages lively conversation, provides education, offers solutions to caregiving issues, and promotes new friendship. Attendees can share experiences, ask questions, and enjoy full confidentiality within the group. Click here for Dementia Caregiver Resources.
Memorial Hospital of Tampa has 90 minute Alzheimer's Support Group classes offered each month aimed at Tampa caregivers whose loved ones are suffering from Alzheimer's or other dementia and age-related mental conditions. The support group teaches you coping skills to manage stress and information on dealing with Alzheimer's disease in a loved one. Click here for Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Click here for Memorial Hospital of Tampa.
St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation provides support to Tampa caregivers through education, training, support groups, and referrals for care (when needed). The Memory Disorders Center at the foundation has a resource library available to Tampa caregivers and provides onsite caregiver support groups and a variety of other community services, such as memory screenings for your loved one and training/education for care providers. Click here for St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation.
Area Agency on Aging – Florida is a federal program handled locally by the governments of Pasco and Pinellas counties in Florida. It operates under Title III-E of the Older Americans Act and supports families and caregivers of senior relatives by providing information on aging, assistance with access to caregiver support and senior services, individual counseling, and respite care, among other options. Click here for Area of Agency on Aging - Florida.
Senior Connection Center helps local Tampa seniors get the care and assistance they deserve. The group offers an elder helpline with caregiver information and assistance on referral to other programs. There's also a Shine program that offers Medicare help, including free health and wellness courses for seniors. SCC also promotes awareness of elder abuse through prevention programs. Click here for Senior Connection Center.
Pasadena Community Church offers support group meetings that include grief support for those who have suffered a loss recently, as well as caregiver support groups. Both are open to the public, though grief support is also available through individual appointments. Caregiver support groups meet on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings. Click here for Pasadena Community Church.
New Beginnings Christian Church also operates grief support and caregiver support groups. The grief support helps those who have lost a loved one navigate the emotional distress such an event brings on. Loving Hearts Caregivers Support Groups offer emotional and mental support to those Tampa caregivers helping seniors facing Alzheimer's, dementia, and other diseases associated with age. You can even bring your senior with to the groups as the church provides volunteers who sit with the seniors and provide companionship while you join the group. Click here for New Beginnings Christian Church.
Hyde Park United Methodist offers Caregivers Sanctuary, a support group that meets the second Tuesday of every month. The group is a safe haven wherein you'll find loving support, information on coping with stress, resources to help you going forward, and encouragement from those who know what you're going through as a Tampa caregiver. Click here for Hyde Park United Methodist.
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