An estimated 43.5 million Americans, or nearly 30 percent of the general population, provide unpaid care for an older adult, or someone living with illness or disability (source: AARP 2015). Families are the major provider of long-term care for their older loved ones and these unpaid caregivers represent the largest source of long-term services and supports in the nation.
The Council on Aging of Central Oregon can help with emotional support and guidance for families, partners and other caregivers who are providing care for another adult.
Here are some of the areas our information specialists can help you explore:
- Respite Care: temporary supervision of the older adult to provide rest for the unpaid caregiver.
- Adult Day Care: a non-residential facility that supports the health, nutritional, and daily living needs of adults in a professionally staffed, group setting. These facilities provide adults with transitional care and short-term rehabilitation following hospital discharge.
- Caregiver Support Groups: Family caregivers support each other by practicing self-care, sharing resources and discussing challenges of caregiving for a loved one.
It’s important to find resources that can help you in your role as an unpaid caregiver. Call us to learn more: (541) 678-5483.