Programs & Services
Family Caregiver Support Program
Are You a Family Caregiver?
Do you help an older adult with...
- Managing bills, medical insurance or other finances?
- Providing transportation for appointments or errands?
- Preparing meals or doing the grocery shopping?
- Managing medical services such as home health?
- Providing emotional support and companionship?
- Bathing, dressing or feeding?
- Household chores?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions or if you provide other assistance to help an older adult or person with dementia remain at home, then you are a caregiver.
We also provide support for "kinship" families, usually grandparents or other relatives (age 55 and up) raising children in place of biological parents.
Why Does a Family Caregiver Need Support?
Caring for someone’s health and personal needs can be time consuming and stressful. It can also be physically demanding and emotionally draining. Sometimes, caregivers are so busy taking care of their family member, that they overlook their own needs and become exhausted, making it difficult to continue caregiving. There are services and resources that can help you, the caregiver, continue to provide good care, while also taking care of yourself.
How We Can Help
The Family Caregiver Support Program can help you:
- Learn strategies for planning to make the future easier
- Learn tips on how to take care of yourself
- Get ideas on how to balance caregiving with family and work
- Find the care and assistance your person needs
- Reduce stress and anxiety
Services Offered Include:
- Information and Referral. We offer extensive resources that can help you in your caregiving. Resources include information on benefit programs, adult day health programming, resources in the community and more. A licensed social worker can help you find what you need.
- Classes. We offer a variety of classes, including classes about community resources, stress management and hands-on care.
- Respite Care. We can help with problem solving access and finding respite help so the caregiver can take a break. The Partners in Caring program may be able to help pay for respite for caregivers of someone with dementia.
- Support Groups. We offer regularly scheduled support groups to help you cope with the challenges of caregiving.
- Contact the Family Caregiver Support Program
Other Resources Offered to you by SMAA:
"Coach Broyles’ Playbook for Alzheimer’s Caregivers" is a practical guide for families caring for someone with dementia. This is not medical advice, but helpful tips from someone who has been through the journey of Alzheimer’s and shares his personal expertise in a unique format. Free to download Alzheimers Playbook (with the generous permission of the Broyles’ family).
Commitment to Reasonable Accommodation:
SMAA will, with adequate notice and upon request, provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services to persons with disabilities, to assist in effective communication and to participate equally in programs, services and activities. From the Portland calling area, call 396-6503 or 1-800-427-7411 x503 to make your request.