Caregiver support is help that you get from others when you are caring for a person who is aging, ill, or has a disability. Most caregivers are family members or close friends who care for a loved one. Caregiving can be rewarding, especially when help is there for you. Most caregivers need help because caring for someone can be hard. Caregivers who have help are better able to take care of themselves and the person they love.
There are also paid caregivers. For information about the association that supports Direct Support Professionals visit the Virginia Association of Personal Care Assistants.
Help can come from family members, friends and neighbors. Community organizations, private home care agencies, and religious organizations can also help you care for your loved one. Caregiver support services that can give you a break include adult day care and respite services. Other services that may also be available include companion services, homemaker services, meal delivery, transportation services, and personal care or personal assistance services for the person you are caring for. There are also support groups which can provide education, emotional support and an opportunity to exchange coping skills with other caregivers.
Some services are free, some may have a cost, and some may have a fee based on a sliding scale. You can also get information about financial help on this website.
To find services in your area, go to VirginiaNavigator and select “caregiver support” and put in your zip code. You may also put in your zip code on VirginiaNavigator and select one of these topics to find your local:
- Departments of Social Services
- Area Agency on Aging,
- Centers for Independent Living, and
- Adult Day Services
- National Family Caregivers Association 1-800-896-3650
- Strength for Caring
- AARP 1-888-687-2277
- Senior Navigator Kinship Care
- Virginia Division for the Aging
- Virginia Department of Social Services 1-800-552-3431