5 Amazing Resources for Family Caregivers!

BayView Senior Assisted Living in San Diego, California 

At Bay View Assisted Living (and at our partner locations, Mesa View Senior Assisted Living and Harbor View Senior Assisted Living) we strive to provide compassionate, individualized care, preserving our residents’ dignity at every stage of their Alzheimer’s journey, from assisting with ADLs to providing hospice care accommodations. We’re committed to holistic care that engages our residents on emotional, mental, and spiritual as well as physical levels. 

This month we’re talking about some of the resources available to individuals providing care to an adult family member. 

1 in 5 Americans are Family Caregivers! 

A 2020 study estimates that nearly 1 in 5 Americans are providing care for an adult family member. More than 11 million adults in America provide unpaid care to people (most often loved ones) with Alzheimers or other forms of dementia. A 2015 study found that family members and other unpaid caregivers of Alzheimer’s affected individuals provide 21.9 hours of care per week on average.

Family Caregiving is Both Rewarding and Extremely Challenging 

While caregiving can be rewarding, it also can come with significant challenges. Listed below are a few resources available to family caregivers. Some resources listed are COVID specific, while others were available prior to the pandemic. Additionally, several of these resources pertain to family members providing unpaid care for Alzheimer’s or dementia affected individuals, while others are available to those caring for individuals with any type of need. 

  1. Though COVID has certainly complicated respite care programs, The National Family Caregiver Support Program funds a variety of supports that help family and informal caregivers care for older adults in their homes until they transition to a care community. 
  2. Eldercare Locator helps individuals find housing, support services, transportation, insurance, and benefits information in the local community.
  3. Alzheimer’s & Dementia Outreach, Recruitment & Engagement Resources (ADORE) provides tips and resources on managing daily care at home and lists services for adults with dementia and their families. 
  4. San Diego County has several community resources in place for elderly people during the pandemic. They are committed to providing the support and information necessary to ensure that members of the community have access to the resources they need to stay healthy and safe. Watch a community conversation on the unique challenges of dementia caregiving during COVID here
  5. The Family Caregiver Alliance is a support organization that aims to improve quality of life for family caregivers and the individuals they care for. The FCA provides resources in a variety of languages including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish. For Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers specifically, the organization provides webinars, succinct articles, and teleconference opportunities on a variety of topics related to memory care. 

Don’t Forget to Care for Yourself

When you start caring for a loved one with significant needs, it can be easy to put your own needs on the backburner and neglect self-care. While an immediate emergency might arise that requires one to push through stress and fatigue to care for a loved one, doing this long-term can lead to burnout and other unintended negative consequences. 

Stay tuned for a future blog post where we’ll talk more in depth about some tips for self-care and longevity as a family caregiver. 

San Diego’s Top Memory Care and Senior Care Community 

BayView Senior Assisted Living in Point Loma, California is one of the top senior assisted living facilities in the greater San Diego area. We’re known for our compassionate caregivers, beautiful grounds, and personalized, individualized care. We consider it an honor to walk alongside families as they traverse the challenging and heartbreaking journey of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.