Sustaining the Caregiver Programs
This array of programs and services is tailored to address the needs of spouses, companions, adult children, other family members, and friends caring for or providing assistance to individuals with memory disorders. These programs are built on the understanding that memory disorders can be frustrating, challenging and sometimes puzzling. They assume that information, education, and support can help both the caregiver and the person with the memory disorder to maintain the highest possible levels of health, wellbeing, and quality of life.
Most of these programs are complimentary as a result of many generous grants and gifts and the support of our Caring Hearts Auxiliary. These programs include the following:
- Care Consultations - A staff member provides caregivers with individualized wellness consultations based on "what matters most" at the time of the consultation. The intent is to provide information that will assist with positive approaches to care of the person with the memory disorder and well as promote the health and wellbeing of the caregiver. These are typically one-time, issue-focused visits provided on an as-needed basis.
- Counseling - Counseling is available to caregivers who are struggling with emotional reactions (most often sadness, depression, anxiety and stress) to their changing roles and responsibilities. (See above description.)
- SPA for Caregivers - Self Preservation Activities and Educational presentations help inform caregivers about a variety of issues associated with caring for someone with a memory disorder. Topics include: understanding the diagnosis of dementia, medication issues, handling difficult behavior, planning for the future, recommended lifestyle interventions, and managing stress.
- Community Education and Outreach - the Memory and Wellness Center offers the “MINDSET” classes, which are fee for service activities conducted at the Center. We also offer free educational presentations to the community, such as “Keeping Your Mind Sharp” lectures. Please contact us if you would like to attend one of these activities or if your organization or community is interested in hosting a lecture.
Dates and content subject to change. For more information and registration for any of the above events, call: 561-297-0933.
Support Groups - Caregivers connect in a private environment to discuss various challenges, insights, solutions and resources associated with their roles. Currently, there are three general groups which meet on a weekly basis:
- Mondays 12:00 (noon) - 1:30 p.m. (for Adult Children Caregivers)
- Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
- Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
- Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
A special group for caregivers of young-onset dementia patients (diagnosed before the age of 65) meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at noon.
Interested parties are invited to visit a group; no notice is required.
Caregiver Library - This resource room is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. It contains take home information about Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders and about care-giving, as well as information about resources and service providers in the community.