Caregiver Support

 
WHERE CAN I FIND THE RESOURCES I NEED?
 
FTAAAD's Family Caregiver Support Program offers caregivers counseling, access to community resources and support services, and help with issues like respite care, adult day care, stress management and decision-making. You can access these services through the FTAAAD Information & Assistance line at 423-928-3258 or by contacting Tracy Buckles directly at 423-722-5109.
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HELP FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
 
While contending with their own issues, many grandparents are raising grandchildren because their children are facing their own difficulties and are unwilling or unable to care for the grandchildren. Also known as “kinship care,” a growing number of grandparents are now taking on the parenting role for their grandchildren, thus foregoing the traditional grandparent/grandchild relationship. This often means giving up your leisure time, the option of traveling, and many other aspects of your independence. Instead, you once again take on responsibility for the day-to-day maintenance of a home, schedules, meals, homework, and play dates. And if it was tragic circumstances that required you to step into the role of a parent, you’ll face many other stress factors, such as coping with your own and your grandchildren’s grief.
For help with programs and services that can support grandparents and other relatives raising children, contact Tracy Buckles at 423-722-5109.

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TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF WHILE CARING FOR SOMEONE ELSE

 
Caregiver stress syndrome is a condition characterized by physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. Other caregivers are simply frustrated by the overwhelming needs of their loved one, or the financial and other resources needed to care for someone with a long-term illness or disability. If you or someone you know is experiencing caregiver stress, FTAAAD offers an evidence-based six-week program called "Powerful Tools for Caregivers". Other wellness programs are also available. CLICK HERE to learn more about these valuable workshops.
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ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE/DEMENTIA RESOURCES
There are a number of resources available that can help you with referrals to local community programs and services; dementia-related education; crisis assistance; and emotional support. Two of the most widely-known places to find resources are ALZHEIMERS'S TENNESSEE and ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION. Both organizations feature information about Alzheimer's and other dementias, including current research. But the caregiver and patient support they offer is their true strength. You can search for local resources, including adult day care, support groups, and programs that can help in the home. There are also phone hotlines and live-chat options for anyone who needs to speak with a knowledgeable person immediately.
Ballad Health provides a range of resources for 65+ adults through their SENIOR LIFE SOLUTIONS program. Caregivers can access help with group/individual therapy, medication education, dietary consults, physical/occupational therapy, social work, and home health care. Ballad Health also offers a variety of cancer support groups throughout Northeast Tennessee.
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CANCER RESOURCES
 
Learn about community resources that can help guide you from the initial diagnosis through doctor visits, surgeries and other treatments – and into recovery.
The AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY provides an extensive library of CAREGIVER RESOURCES through its website, including links to support resources and services in your community, a video library that emphasizes learning practical skills, tips for caring for the caregivers themselves, finding and paying for treatment, end-of-life care, and many other topics. They also offer an interactive resource guide, also available as a PDF.
For support for breast-cancer patients and their caregivers, SUSAN G. KOMEN.org provides a detailed list of financial resources as well as a 24-hour helpline at 1-877-GO KOMEN (1-877-465-6636), or you can email the helpline at helpline@komen.org.
Ballad Health provides a range of resources for 65+ adults through their SENIOR LIFE SOLUTIONS program. Caregivers can access help with group/individual therapy, medication education, dietary consults, physical/occupational therapy, social work, and home health care. Ballad Health also offers a variety of CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS throughout Northeast Tennessee.
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QUARTERLY CAREGIVER NEWSLETTER
 
Family caregiving is stressful, but the more you know, the more confident and capable you will be when providing care. FTAAAD offers a quarterly caregiver newsletter filled with information and helpful tips. To subscribe to this electronic newsletter, or to receive a printed copy by mail, contact Tracy Buckles at 423-722-5109. To view the complete newsletter archive, CLICK HERE.
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