Who is a family caregiver? Do you: • Help a family member with tasks such as grocery shopping or rides to and from medical appointments? • Share responsibility for another person’s health, well-being and safety, no matter where they live? • Help someone who needs around-the- clock care? The person you care for may be as close as your living room or as far away as a long-distance phone call. In all these cases, you are a caregiver! Caring for a loved one creates many challenges. Our aim is to decrease stress and increase support and coping skills by providing: • Information and assistance in gaining access to resources, services and benefits. • Individual and family consultations, in person or by phone, to support decision-making and problem-solving related to the caregiving role. • Respite, a short time of rest or relief from caregiving, provided in-home or in an adult day program. • Caregiving trainings to assist in caring for yourself and your loved one. • Support groups to reduce stress, connect with others and know you ARE NOT ALONE! PCOA Family Caregiver Services You Are Not Alone. We’re here to help!

Who qualifies for services? • Any adult providing care to individuals 60 years or older. • Family caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s or related dementia, regardless of age. • Non-parent relative caregivers age 55+ providing care to children under 18. How do I access services? (520)790-7262 We have specialists in Family Caregiver Support, including experts on the needs of LGBTQI older people. Family Caregiver Training • PCOA contracts for family caregiver training offered in two parts: a four-hour classroom learning experience and a four-hour hands-on workshop. Please contact: Lutheran Social Services at (520) 514-7642 ext. 201. • We may be able to recommend other trainings unique to your situation. Call us at (520) 790-7262.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren PCOA contracts for services for grandparents and other non-parent relatives raising children. The Kinship and Adoption Resource and Education (KARE) Family Center provides services through its one-stop center. For more information please call (520) 323-4476. What caregivers tell us: “You have no idea what a relief it was to talk to the Caregiver Specialist and not only get exactly the kinds of information we needed, but just as important, get reassurance that our decisions are on track. My sister and I left there feeling 10 pounds lighter.” “You really listened to our questions and concerns, gave us so many great ideas, and most of all, you reassured us. You cannot imagine how relieved we are to be armed with information and ideas that can help us manage mom’s care for the foreseeable future.”

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Pima Council on Aging

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