Family caregivers with strong supports help those they care for stay in their homes longer and improve their quality of life. Family caregivers often do chores such as shopping, housekeeping, cooking and personal care.
However, caregivers face many challenges of their own. These can include:
Oregon’s Family Caregiver Support Program helps caregivers support their loved ones and themselves. For example, services such as respite care and transportation can help.
The program helps family members and friends who care for:
Programs also help grandparents or relative caregivers 55 years of age or older who care for:
Each Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has a family caregiver coordinator or options counselor. This person can talk with you about local services. Together, you will decide the best types of support and plan for your needs. Types of support available include:
Supplemental services that help caregivers give better care may also be available.
Note: All services may not be available in all areas.
People who don’t provide care or live with the person needing support often don’t see themselves as caregivers. It’s sometimes hard to realize your loved one needs your help. However, anyone who helps someone with chores or other activities is a caregiver.
You are a caregiver if you:
Caregivers tend to focus on the other person’s health and welfare and neglect their own well-being. Following are some signs that a caregiver needs support:
Powerful Tools is a six-week class to help caregivers take care of themselves.
It includes tools to:
If you’d like more information on Powerful Tools for Caregivers, go to www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org.
Oregon Care Partners helps caregivers improve the lives and care of aging Oregonians by providing access to no-cost, high-quality trainings across Oregon. Classes are available to anyone living or working in the state of Oregon and are available both online and in-person. In-person classes are held around the state and led by caring professionals in the field of long term care. Online classes are self-paced and most take only an hour to complete. Family members, all levels of professional caregivers and members of the public are encouraged to register. Training topics include:
The Oregon Home Care Commission trains homecare workers, personal support workers and family caregivers. Contact the Oregon Home Care Commission for registration and costs.
For additional information or resources in your local area:
ADRC of Oregon staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.
This self-assessment will help you recognize stress and potential health risks. The results will help you decide if you need to address your health issues with your health care provider.