Welcome to the Caregiver's
Corner of Knowledge
National Family Caregiver Support Program
To provide support services for family caregivers of persons 60 years of age or older and for older individuals caring for person with developmental disabilities.
Public Education – information to caregivers about available services.
Information & Assistance– assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services.
Support Groups – sharing and problem-solving sessions for caregivers.
Respite – enables caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities.
Supplemental Services – personal care, sitter services and personal hygiene items, on a limited basis, to compliment the care provided by caregivers.
Contact West Baton Rouge Council on Aging, Inc. at (225)383-0638
*SPACE IS VERY LIMITED*
Tips for 1st time Caregivers
A Five-Step Process for Developing
Your Caregiving Plan
You are not on your own.
Learning is a gradual process.
Don't stop communicating.
Technology is your friend.
Learn First Aid.
Remember to look after yourself.
*Step one - Determine the type and level of care your loved one needs.
*Step two - Establish a caregiving team.
*Step three - Collect the necessary supplies.
*Step four - Be aware of seasonal changes.
*Step five - Never stop learning.
Top 10 Tips for Caregivers
1. Acknowledge your feelings.
2. Build a support system.
3. Accept help from those who offer.
4. Educate yourself.
5. Keep organized medical records
6. Let go of expectations.
7. Don’t avoid the difficult and practical conversations.
8. Balance the practical with the hopeful.
9. Take care of your own health.
10. Don’t lose sight of your true self.
The psychological health of the family caregiver is negatively affected by providing care. Higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health effects are common among family members who care for an older relative or friend.
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