Every November, the world celebrates National Family Caregivers Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing and honoring caregivers across the country. Caregiving is a tireless, often thankless job, and those shouldering this role deserve recognition and support.
At AgeWell Atlanta, we share information and resources to help aging adults and their families. And that includes caregivers! We believe that caregivers should always make time to care for themselves, also.
To support this belief, the partners in our network have numerous different programs and resources to support caregivers and make their lives easier. In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, we’d love to share a few of those resources with you.
Below are some of our partners and the programs they offer to support caregivers not just this month, but year-round!
Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS)
To support caregivers and the ones they care for, JF&CS is home to Aviv Older Adult Services. Aviv hosts a myriad of resources for caregivers. A few are below:
- Geriatric care management services: The geriatric care team is composed of licensed professional counselors, social workers, and nurses who offer support and resources to caregivers juggling the many challenges required of them. These caring professionals provide services like home and office assessments, education about level of care, professionally-mediated family meetings, assistance with living arrangement transitions, advocacy at doctor’s offices and hospitals, and more.
- Memory support: Brain Health Bootcamp is a science-backed and fun program designed to help keep your brain healthy. It is open to older adults as well as their caregivers.
- Older adult counseling: We know that being a caregiver is hard. It’s easy to want to beat yourself up and think you are not doing enough. JF&CS has a network of highly qualified and compassionate therapists who can help you process and handle the stresses of being a caregiver.
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
As we’ve mentioned before, one of the most important things a caregiver can do is care for themselves. The MJCCA offers numerous opportunities to take care of your mental and physical health through in-person and virtual events. Treat yourself to a dance class, a pool party, a cooking class, and more through the MJCCA’s many programs for all ages and interests. Some of these offerings include:
- Fitness classes and programs for all ability levels
- Classes, lectures, and other programs to connect with Judaism
- Dance classes, art classes, cooking classes, and more arts and culture events
- Special yearly events like the Book Festival, gallery exhibitions, and Jerry’s Habima Theatre
- Aquatic fitness and pool parties
- Events for older adults like Mah Jongg, discussion groups, and more!
To see all the events and programming from the MJCCA, visit their website.
Eckstein Home Care is part of the Jewish HomeLife network. In addition to home care services, they provide respite services. Respite services are for family members who need a temporary respite of a few hours to run some errands, get work done, or have some time to themselves. These caring professionals at Eckstein will help provide caregivers with comfort and peace of mind, and can assist with meals, mobility and transfers, medications and symptom management, transportation to medical appointments and errands, light housekeeping, wound care, IV therapy, and catheter care, and more.
More Family Caregiver Resources from AgeWell Atlanta
We know taking care of a loved one is an important, but difficult job. AgeWell Atlanta is committed to providing the best resources for family caregivers in Atlanta. Throughout the year, we host many events and webinars for caregivers and their loved ones.
If you’re looking for something specific or have any questions, please contact us today. You can either email [email protected], or call 1-866-243-9355.