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AARP Oregon Salutes Family Caregivers in November

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It’s November and that’s Caregiving month at AARP.  But every day is caregiving for close to half a million Oregonians who provide care for a family member or loved one.

“Unpaid family caregiuvers are the true backbone of long-term care,” says Bandana Shrestha, AARP Oregon State Director. Nearly 90% of older adults want to stay in their own homes as they age, and family caregivers make that possible.

Thank you family caregivers! We know caregiving has its challenges. Recent AARP research indicated that the average out of pocket cost for family caregivers was more than $7,000. But there are also the costs of juggling work, family and personal time.

Caregiving may be one of the most important, and challenging, roles you’ll ever take on. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey, having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier.

AARP developed a family caregiver guide with family caregivers in mind to help you find the services and supports you may need throughout your journey.

To order a print copy of this online guide, call the toll-free AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line at 877-333-5885 and indicate which state you would like to receive. A copy will be mailed to you.

 

General Resources

  • AARP has a website dedicated to providing you with information about how we’re advocating for caregivers in Oregon.
  • 211info offers information and referrals to connect people with a wide range of health and social service organizations, including utility, food, health and housing, with a Community Information Center that is supported by a Resource Database team.
  • A program of the Oregon Department of Human Services, Seniors and People with Disabilities provides services designed to protect individual independence, dignity and choice. Staff at local offices, with the aid of community partners, can help individuals and families find the right mix of services to meet a person’s needs.

Health Resources

  • Part of the Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Aging and People with Disabilities, SHIBA is a statewide network of trained volunteers who educate and advocate for people of all ages who have Medicare. Volunteers help consumers understand their Medicare insurance choices and rights at no charge, and information is confidential.
  • The OHA includes most of the state’s health care programs, including Public Health, Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid), crisis line, addiction services and mental health services. Its focus is on lowering and containing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health care in order to improve Oregonians’ lifelong health.

 

Home- and Community-Based Resources

  • ADRC is a comprehensive, one-stop statewide resource that provides guidance to connect older adults with a broad range of home-based assistance, local information, and government and community-based services. Individuals can be paired with an information and assistance specialist in the area who can help find resources and refer callers to local services. They also have skilled professional options counselors, who provide assessments to improve quality of life and help with short- and long-term planning.

Financial Resources

  • Find public benefits that can help you pay for food, medicine, health care, utilities and more by using AARP Foundation’s Benefits QuickLINK tools.
  • DCBS Division of Financial Regulation helps protect your financial well-being, with a dedicated team of consumer advocates who provide assistance and answer questions free of charge.

Legal Resources

  • Under the umbrella of OregonLawHelp.org, these nonprofit statewide organizations provide low-income and older clients with access to free legal help in matters of physical safety, food and shelter, and other critical legal needs. The website provides contact information based on location.
  • The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is an independent state agency established to protect individual rights, enhance quality of life, improve care and promote the dignity of residents living in Oregon’s licensed nursing, residential care, assisted living and adult foster care homes. Ombudsmen investigate and resolve complaints and advocate for improvements in resident care.
  • The Oregon DOJ Consumer Protection division helps consumers with complaints, prevents fraud and enforces consumer protection laws.

 

Workplace/Employer Resources

  • AARP offers valuable resources to help employers create a caregiver-friendly workplace.

Transportation Resources

  • ADRC is a comprehensive, one-stop statewide resource that connects seniors with a broad range of local information and government and community-based services for Oregonians, including transportation services based on location. You will be connected with an information and assistance specialist in your area who can help you find transportation resources and refer you to services.
  • AARP offers free caregiving guides for specific audiences, including guides for military families and LGBT individuals. The guides, also offered in Spanish and Chinese, are designed to help develop and implement a caregiving plan.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association of Oregon & Southwest Washington Chapter provides education and support for people diagnosed with the disease and for their families and caregivers, including a 24/7 hotline for emergency placement, local resources, tips on wandering issues, communication advice, and behavioral and overall basic information.
  • The society provides services and resources for people affected with MS, including health and wellness, family and relationships, and financial assistance.

Care for Caregivers

  • AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to get or give help. You can organize online mutual aid groups to stay connected, share ideas and support those in need.
  • Create the Good connects people with volunteer opportunities and project ideas to share their life experiences, skills and passions in their communities.
  • This statewide organization provides information to hospice and palliative care services to ensure that Oregonians have access to high-quality care as they near the end of their life. It offers resources for patients, caregivers and family members.

 

AARP Resources for Family Caregivers

  • AARP’s Family Caregiving website is your one-stop shop for tips and tools to help you care for a loved one. It has valuable information about handling medical issues, health records and advance directives, home safety, financial and legal issues, caregiver life balance and much more.
  • AARP Family Caregiving Resource Line (877-333-5885 toll-free, en español: 888-971-2013 toll-free)
  • Connect with a real person and learn how to access local resources via our toll-free family caregiving hotline.
  • Join the AARP Family Caregivers Discussion Group on Facebook to connect, ask questions and share ideas with other family caregivers.
  • Community Resource Finder, a joint service from the Alzheimer’s Association and AARP, is a database of dementia- and aging-related resources powered by Carelike. The online tool makes it easy to find local programs and services.
  • Join our community and connect with other caregivers like you.
  • The AARP HomeFit Guide can help individuals and families make their current or future residence age-friendly. It can also help elected officials, policymakers and local leaders learn about and advocate for the types of housing features and designs that communities need so that their residents can live safely and comfortably and thrive.
  • A listing of national agencies, groups and organizations that can connect family caregivers with direct services and supports.

 

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