Maine Families

For Caregivers of the Elderly

Upcoming Local Trainings for Caregivers:

SAVVY Caregiver Training:
Fridays starting August 24 – September 28, 2018 (2:00 – 4:00p)
This free course provides skills, knowledge, and emotional support to assist informal caregivers who are caring for a family member or friend with dementia.  Lisa King will present this 2-hour class each Friday over a 6-week period beginning August 24nd at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Machias. See flyer for details and please share with other caregivers who could benefit. Registration required, call Eastern Area Agency on Aging at 941-2865


Local and Maine Resources for Caregivers:

Caregiver Support Group: For caregivers of family members or friends, and for hospice workers. Email: lking@mainevets.org.
Maine Veteran’s Home, Machias | 1st Friday of the month 2:00 – 4:00p

Caregiver Support Group: 546-4456
Cherryfield | 1st Monday of the month 2:00 – 4:00p (Maine Seacoast Mission)

Caregiver Supports and Services: Tons of links and resources from the Maine Aging and Disability Resource Center

Eastern Area Agency on Aging: 1-800-432-7812
Resource center for seniors and their caregivers including: Nutrition information and food programs; Alzheimer’s & dementia care resources; Medicare drug and insurance advice; Home repair assistance; Pet food assistance and much more.

Elder Services Navigator (Downeast Community Partners): Machias 610-9432
Support for seniors: The Elder Services Navigator works with seniors and/or their caregivers to help find resources and connect them with services & supports. No fees – MaineCare is not required. For more information contact DCP

Family Caregiver Services & Dementia Programs (EAAA): 941-2865 / 1-800-432-7812
The Family Caregiver Resource program offers information, assistance, support, appropriate referrals, and sometimes just a friendly ear, to anyone who is providing unpaid assistance to a senior. The program also serves grandparents and seniors caring for grandchildren, nieces / nephews or other children. There is no charge for the informational services provided by EAAA’s Caregiver Resource Specialists. And some of the topics which can be covered by the Specialists include: Information on community services to support caregiving; Federal and state program information; Education on caregiving issues; Support groups; Supportive individual education on caregiving issues; Respite for caregivers of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease

Family Caregiver Support Services—Elder Services (Maine.gov): 1-800-262-2232
Programs, resources and support groups including the booklet “Connections: A Guide for Family Caregivers in Maine”

Down East Hospice Volunteer Program: Calais 454-3616 / Machias 255-3356
A volunteer program of cost-free, non-medical comfort care to the terminally ill, the grieving, and their families. The volunteer program’s mission is to provide support for persons facing death so they may live the remaining days of their lives as fully as illness will allow, and subsequently to provide bereavement support for those in need. Also on Facebook here

Savvy Caregiver Training941-2865 / 1-800-432-7812
Training workshop for family or caregivers of loved ones with dementia or Alzheimers.  Training provides family caregivers the knowledge and skills essential for successful caregiving.  Training is provided over 6 – 2hr. sessions. Materials and training are provided at no cost through EAAA

Staying at Home: Links and resources for aging in place from the Maine Aging and Disability Resource Center

Taking Action for Health: 255-3741 or email: angela@healthyacadia.org
This is a free, interactive 18-hour workshop series that is open to anyone living with a chronic health condition, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, arthritis, migraines, asthma, eating disorders, depression and more.  Caregivers are also welcome.  Classes meet once weekly for six weeks.  Participants will learn appropriate use of medications; how to evaluate new treatment options; appropriate exercise for maintaining/improving strength, flexibility and endurance; nutrition information; how to communicate effectively with family, friends and health professionals; techniques to manage frustration, pain, fatigue and isolation; and decision making processes.  This free workshop series is provided through Healthy Acadia

Thriving in Place (TiP):
A collaborative initiative of service providers and support agencies working to implement a responsive plan for elders and others with chronic health issues to safely remain home for as long as possible.  Workshops and health fairs offered for seniors on topics like health and wellness, safety, winter weatherization and more.  Trainings are also offered for caregivers such as Caregiver Basic Skills, Estate Planning, Savvy Caregiver, POLST, Financial Needs and Challenges, and more.  Check the TiP Training Calendar here for the next workshop, training or resource fair

Additional Links & Resources for Caregivers:

Aging Care: Resources for caregivers

Alzheimer’s 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900
A free resource for reliable information and support, day or night

ALZConnected:
An online community that enables caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients or family members to connect with one another

Alzheimer’s Navigator:
A powerful online tool to  help caregivers identify their needs and locate supportive programs and services

The Benchmark Blog: Q&A blog with helpful advice for caregivers and seniors

BenefitsCheckUp.org
A comprehensive website from the National Council on Aging that lets you search for additional financial assistance programs that you or your loved one may be eligible for, such as lower energy bills, discounted prescriptions, help with insurance, transportation, and much more

Caregiver ResourcesLots of links to resources from the National Alliance for Caregiving

Complete Guide for Choosing In-Home Care: Guide from the National Council for Aging in Place

The Conversation Project: is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care

Elder Care LocatorAn online tool from the Department of Health and Human Services to find programs and services in your area

The Guide to Fire Safety for People with Disabilities: This guide helps the family and caregivers make preparedness plans in the event of a fire or other disaster

POLST, Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments: Advanced Medical Directive information

Prepare to Care:  Booklet from AARP for family caregivers

Scam Protection for Veterans: AARP and the US Postal Service have joined together to create this project: “Operation Protect Veterans” to alert elderly veterans and help them protect themselves from scammers trying to defraud them of their pensions and benefits, including bogus offers to turn their benefits into cash, modify VA loans, or provide new military benefits.  If you spot a scam you can also contact their Fraud Watch Network Helpline toll-free at 1-877-908-3360

 

 

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