The Area Agency on Aging sponsors services to support non-paid caregivers of frail older adults who need services to maintain independent living. The Area Agency on Aging offers a free monthly newsletter "The Caregiver Assistance News" with topics of interest to caregivers. The September 2016 and August 2016 newsletters are now available online. (Read more about this below.)
"There are only four kinds of people in this world. Those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady.
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How do I know if I am a caregiver?
Most people assume a caregiving role over time. They may start by driving a family member to a doctor’s appointment and later take on more supportive duties such as laundry, bill paying or grocery shopping. If a friend or family member depends upon you for help, you are a caregiver.
Why do you help caregivers?
We provide services for caregivers to support them in their caregiving role. Caregivers take on added responsibilities when they assist an older family member or friend. Commonly, they juggle the needs of the family member or friend with other existing obligations such as work, marriage and children. Caregivers often neglect their own needs to be of help to an older adult.
What services are available for caregivers?
- Assessment –an in-home meeting with a potential client to review the caregiving situation, determine needs for services to support the caregiving role and develop a plan of services.
- Counseling – identification of caregiving concerns and identification of approaches to resolving those concerns.
- In-Home services - such as attendant care, homemaking and chore service for the older adult who is the focus of caregiving.
- Supplemental Support Services – services or supplies needed to ease the burden of the caregiver.
- Respite Care – temporary relief of caregiving responsibilities for primary caregivers.
How do I qualify for caregiver support services?
Any non-paid caregiver of an adult age 60 and over who resides in Johnson County can ask for caregiver support services.
How much do caregiver in-home services cost?
Some Family Caregiver Support Initiative services are provided free-of-charge. Other direct services are available on a sliding scale or donation basis, depending on the type of service.
Who provides the service?
The AAA contracts with community-based service agencies to provide services such as homemaking, attendant care, chore or medication management and respite care services. The AAA provides the assessment, geriatric care management and meals available through the Johnson County Meals on Wheels program.
What information is available about caregiving?
The Area Agency on Aging offers a free monthly newsletter "The Caregiver Assistance News" with topics of interest to caregivers. The September 2016 and August 2016 newsletters are now available online. Johnson County caregivers may start receiving the newsletter at home by calling 913-715-8860; or current subscribers may call to "opt-in" and read the newsletter online instead. The publication is funded through Older Americans Act III-E Family Caregiver Support Funds.
TAKE CARE! is the monthly electronic newsletter of the Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a nation-wide not-for-profit organization based in Maryland. They feature caregiver tip sheets and videos, and a wide variety of practical information for caregivers. For information contact 301-942-6430, firstname.lastname@example.org, or see www.caregiveraction.org.
The National Institute of Health offers short free online videos about Medicare and senior health issues.
Caregiver Resources in the Metro Area (programs offered by other agencies) Caregiver Information in our Aging & Accessibility Directory online |: Educational Events for Caregivers | Skillbuilders Classes provide Education & Support for Widowed Persons & Caregivers | A metro-wide KC Caregiver Supportline sponsored by Shepherd’s Center of KC Central in coordination with the UMKC School of Social Work and the University of Kansas Landon Center on Aging, is available to connect caregivers of older adults with programs and services that meet their needs in Johnson, Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Wyandotte counties. Call 816-444-1122 or visit www.sccentral.org for the latest information.