Caregiver and Support Services
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there are 65.7 million caregivers – 29% of the U.S. adult population – who are caring for someone who is ill, disabled or aged. The role as caregiver may include household chores, shopping, providing transportation, personal care, and giving medications. Caregivers’ lives at work and at home can be disrupted. With multiple roles and multiple responsibilities, many caregivers often neglect themselves. Those who care for others may experience caregiver stress, often characterized by depression, exhaustion, irritability, social withdrawal, and sleeplessness.
ACC Senior Services provides many services that can assist people with their caregiving needs:
- Bridge to Healthy Families is a caregiver network that can help identify issues and provide guidance.
- ACC Friendly Visitor Program can give caregivers that badly needed “break” from caregiving duties.
- ACC Rides Transportation Service can help get loved ones to and from ACC Senior Services Center or to necessary appointments.
- Meals on Wheels by ACC can insure that home-bound care recipients receive a nutritious meal.
- ACC Caregiver Resource Guide can help caregivers to cope.
There are only four kinds of people in the world—those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.
— Rosalyn Carter