Creating Confident Caregivers
Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or memory loss?
Creating Confident Caregivers® is an educational training program for family members who are caring for a person with a dementia related illness, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. The Creating Confident Caregivers® program has been proven to reduce caregiver stress by providing caregivers with useful tools and information.
Creating Confident Caregivers® is not a support group, but an opportunity to learn new information and strategies that will make the job of caregiving easier and more rewarding. Caregivers will learn about the progression of the disease, how it impacts their loved one, learn strategies to manage difficult behaviours and the importance of taking care of themselves.
Caregivers will learn how to:
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Caregiving is a great responsibility that can sometimes take a toll on spouses, parents, children, and friends. Through this series of classes, caregivers develop coping strategies and tools needed to manage the difficult days of caregiving. Designed to empower caregivers with new skills for managing challenging situations, some of the topics may include: preventing burnout, stress reduction, reducing feelings of guilt and frustration, and coping with role reversal.
Information & Assistance
Help is just a phone call away at (800) 654-2810.
When you call the Info-Line for Aging and Disability you’re well on your way to accessing thousands of resources, services, and programs available to seniors and younger adults with disabilities in southwest Michigan. Our professional, highly trained Community Information Managers make it easier for seniors, family members, caregivers, and friends to get the support they need. They are trained to answer questions about:
“Who will care for me when I can longer care for myself?”
“Are my parents safe at home?”
Helping individuals find answers to these and many other aging and disability-related questions is the specialty of Custom Care professionals. Whether you’re planning for your own care or caring for aging parents, we can provide you with the unbiased answers and resources you need – you don’t have to do it alone. We'll put our over 40 years of experience to work for you and your loved one.
Area Agency on Aging’s Resource Center is a place to go to get accurate, unbiased information on all aspects of life related to aging or living with a disability. This friendly, welcoming place is where anyone - individuals, concerned families or friends, or professionals - can go for information tailored to their situation.
Senior Companion Program
Americans are living longer than ever before. More older adults will need long-term care, but prefer to live at home rather than in a nursing home or hospital. Senior Companions are volunteers who spend 15 to 20 hours each week giving one-on-one attention to adults having difficulty with daily living tasks.
Senior Companions provide the assistance many older adults and people with disabilities may need in order to live independently. A Senior Companion may go along to help with grocery shopping or for a walk. They may spend time helping to write a letter, prepare a meal or pay a bill. Senior Companions make the lives of those they serve less lonely by offering simple friendship and a helping hand.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Relatives as Parents Program
Are you raising your grandchildren or children who are relatives?
- Do you worry about all the adjustments the children have to make?
- Do you wonder how to raise your grandchildren or your relative's children in today's world with the values you feel are important?
- Would you like to know how to make the school and community work for them?
- Do you wonder what to tell them about their parents, and why you are the one who is caring for them?
- Would you like the children to have a healthy relationship with their parents?
- Is school difficult for the children you care for?
- Could you use some tips for facing legal issues?
- Would your children like to meet other children living with grandparents or relatives?