The act of providing care to someone in need. It can happen slowly, over time, or suddenly due to an accident or illness.
Who Are Caregivers
We are family and friends who take care of those we love, as they face a chronic illness or disability.
Who Are These Services For
The family caregiver program was designed to help family caregivers caring for seniors age 60 years or older grandparents age 55 or older raising grandchildren 18 years or below or people any age and that has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia disease.
As a caregiver you might:
- Make adjustments to work, time spent with family and finances to care for my loved one
- Have demands from other family members
- Caregiving has become a physical strain
- Your sleep is disturbed at night
- Feeling completely overwhelmed as a caregiver
- Have no time to visit with friends or work on your hobbies
As a caregiver for another, give yourself permission to care for yourself:
- Be good to yourself
- Ask for and accept help
- Educate yourself
- Share your feelings
- Take time to do something special for yourself
- Take a break
- Maintain your health checkups and care for your health needs
If you can say yes to any of the above examples you may be experiencing care giver stress. you may benefit from Family Caregiver Services.
Looking for and finding the right services can sometimes seem complex or difficult. Our trained staff are here to help you and offer choices for your needs and the person you care for. Call 541-440-3677 for more information or email Senior Services.
Services can include:
- Education and newsletters
- Health and wellness programs
- Information and Resources for caregivers
- Information on hiring in-home care
- Options counseling
- Support groups
Note: Services is limited by funding restriction.
There are no fees for the services but donations help to serve more families.
A Family Affair
2020 estimates show more than 5 Million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. More than 16 Million caregivers provided and estimated 18.6 Billion hours of unpaid care.
Learning to Care for Yourself
Often times caring for yourself comes last, and that's when your own health can suffer and make your role as a caregiver more difficult. learn ways to help prevent caregiver burnout, learn better ways to communication and the ability to identifying when it's time you need extra help.
Who We Are
Douglas County Seniors is honored to serve seniors and family caregivers in the community for 45 years with the support of Douglas County Board of Commissioners, state and federal grants, community partnerships and private donations from caring people like you that believe in this mission.