How do you ask for something you don’t know you need? Sounds kind of silly. We all want to be better prepared for this or that… we want to be proactive.
In knowing your resources, it is important to be able to identify the right people to ask the right questions. I often sit with caregivers and identify needs they don’t realize they currently have or will probably soon have. I also visit with long distance caregivers over the phone and find resources for them in other communities and states. A few weeks ago, an out-of-state couple needed support in which the care receiver is a veteran (thank you to all you veterans out there for serving our country). I connected the veteran with a Veterans Affairs hospital and the caregiver to Caregiver Support Services.
If you don’t know what you need, how can you ask for resources?
Of course, I am familiar with the services and programs at The Hub which, by the way, are amazing. There are many other resources in our community and beyond that available. Rarely do you find a “one-stop shop,” and it can be frustrating to need support and not find it.
Some of the services we provide here at The Hub are home-delivered meals, congregate meals (in our café dining room), (public transportation) Goose Greek Transit — (307) 675-7433, Help at Home — (307) 675-1978, Family Caregiver Program, Day Break (adult day care) and activities. You may wish to call and sign up to get our quarterly newsletter or view it online for details on all of our programs.
There is also a community services directory guide that we would be happy to provide. This guide offers information from health to health care equipment and supplies to senior housing and assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. I find it easier on the caregivers if I can sit down with them and find out what they are experiencing and then try to address the services needed. It could be that they are looking for someone to offer social support to their loved one once or twice a week or maybe daily.
I haven’t mentioned Dementia Friendly Wyoming. You may have recently noticed while walking downtown the Dementia Friendly signs on storefronts. DFW offers training for caregivers or anyone wanting more information. They have programs that support the person living with dementia and his or her care partners. Feel free to call the DFW office at (307) 461-7134 for more information.
In partnering with local and state organizations we are able to offer support to caregivers like the Dementia Caregiver webinar series. This can be viewed from your own computer at home or come join us at The Hub Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call me for website information or come on down to The Hub.
Our annual Alzheimer’s Walk will take place June 13 at 5 p.m. at Whitney Commons. We are here to support you and your loved one. If we can connect one caregiver, it was all worth it. Caregiving is not an easy job, so it is vital that the caregiver is supported in as many ways possible. I offer caregiver support groups weekly. Caregivers are at risk of suffering poor physical health themselves, so it is vital that they care for themselves first to be the best caregivers they can in supporting their loved one. The more help you have, the longer and better you will be able to take care of your loved one.
Please do not hesitate to call me (307) 672-2240 and set up a time so we can discuss how we can support you. Let’s have a cup of coffee and visit about services that can best support you in your caregiver role. One of my favorite quotes that I have shared before is, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.”
Stella Montano is the director of Family Caregiver Services at The Hub on Smith.