Caregiving can require a great deal of energy and effort, regardless of the situation or memory care stage. This month, we focus on caregivers of those with dementia or memory loss, providing a quick-reference page of caregiver resources. While just a short initial list, and not intended as an endorsement, we hope these resources support you, no matter where you are in your caregiving journey.
National Institute on Aging
While Alzheimer’s isn’t the only memory loss condition we may confront in caregiving, this Alzheimer’s Caregiving content on the NIA website is a helpful overview for caregivers and could be of help in identifying areas of need. Visit www.nia.nih.gov
This well-known association provides a vast amount of information for caregivers. Some helpful areas include sections specific to stages and behaviors. Visit www.alz.org
CMS.gov Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Some resources found here include links to training, articles, handouts, and research. Downloadable fact sheets provide information on many facets of memory care. Visit www.cms.gov
Dementia Friendly America
This national network of organizations and individuals supports communities in furthering accessibility for those with dementia and their caregivers. Pages here offer connection and toolkits, as well as a state-by-state list. Visit www.dfamerica.org
Calculating the Cost of a Senior Living Community
This is a helpful one-page list and additional downloadable calculator worksheet. Considering a new living environment? This is our own previously-published reference tool. Visit www.stoneypointmeadows.com
When to Consider Memory Care for a Loved One
Our own tips article from February 2021, highlighting considerations if you are thinking about memory care for yourself or a loved one. Visit www.stoneypointmeadows.com
We know this is just a start – not a comprehensive list of resources, but some initial places to look and discover information, programs and materials that can support you. Do you have more questions?
Decisions about moving to a memory care facility or caring for a loved one can be difficult to navigate. You are not alone in the process – at Stoney Point Meadows, we are here to help. To learn more, please contact Jill at Jill.OldhamRyder@cassialife.org.