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Ruth Price
Family Caregiver Resource Specialist

Pat Hilgendorf
Caregiver Program Associate

Family Caregiver Support Program

November is National Caregiver Month

The Theme for National Family Caregivers Month
November 2019 is BeCareCurious. Here’s What We Are Doing to Celebrate Caregivers in November:

  1. Land of Sky Regional Council’s Family Caregiver Support Program, AARP and Dementia Friendly WNC Invite Caregivers to join us for Keeping It Together: Resources and Conversations for Family Caregivers
    Saturday, November 16th, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
    The Veranda Café, 119 Cherry St, Black Mountain, NC 28711
    Register at: 877-926-8300 or
    Call Rebecca at 828-380-6242 for Questions or email Ruth Price at ruth@landofsky.org

  2. Making Plans for 2020

    FREE Powerful Tools for Caregivers Six Week Course in 2020

    Starts April 14 from 10:30 to Noon and runs to May 19.
    Land of Sky Regional Council - 339 New Leicester Hwy., Ste. 140, Asheville
    Instructors: Kim Dickens, AARP Volunteer, and Carol McLimans, Family Caregiver Program Associate
    Contact Ruth Price at 828.251-7441 or ruth@landofsky.org

    This course is a partnership between the Family Caregiver Program and AARP North Carolina in the Mountain Region.  AARP is committed to ensuring that all family caregivers receive the help they need when they need it. 

    Here are a few quotes from people who took the fall course:

    “Great class with lots of information and ideas on how to communicate our needs, as well as encouraging us to care for ourselves.”  DT, Powerful Tools Participant, Fall 2019

    “This class arrived at a critical time for me in the caregiving process.  I am the primary support for my 85 year old mother with dementia.  Making difficult decisions about her care and finding resources for help have taken a toll on my own health.  Recognizing that taking care of myself is the number one priority is helping me to de-stress and find my way forward.  I am grateful for the support of others in the group and to the facilitators who are skilled in navigating these topics.”  Powerful Tools Participant, Fall 2019

    “I thought I ‘knew’ about these issues, but this class greatly raised my consciousness and gave me new ideas in a supportive structure.  Great Class!”  DR, Powerful Tools Participant, Fall 2019

Is caring for an aging loved one taking its toll? Get the help you need.

Caregiving: How to Tackle Behaviors with Love

Caregiver Resource Directory - For Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania Counties

WLOS’s Carolina Spotlight: What Does The Family Caregiver Program Offer?

The Family Caregiver Support Program works on a regional level to establish partnerships with caregiver service providers, caregivers, and those who interact with caregivers to leverage resources and improve and expand the available resources / services for caregivers. This program is funded by the Older Americans Act, Title III-E.

You are a caregiver if you...

  • Provide personal care for a love one (such as bathing, dressing, toileting, meal or feeding task, aiding walking / movement).
  • Perform task to help such as...(errands, shopping, budgeting, medical appointments, home repairs and chores, and transportation).
  • Seek assistance and/or formal services (i.e. hiring or needing someone to stay with your loved one).
  • Consider long-term care or placement (making the decision to place your loved one and then your level of involvement after placement).
  • Coping with loss (when death, end of life issues, or just a change in the relationship brings about difficult adjustments for you).

Land of Sky Regional Council’s Family Caregiver Support Program provides information, assistance and support to these family members and friends who are caring for a frail elderly person or someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  Grandparents and older relatives age 55 and older who are raising a child are also eligible for assistance.

Caregivers will receive information about services and programs available to help them keep the person they care for at home.  Limited financial assistance is available for caregiver respite, which allows caregivers to take a short break from their caregiving responsibilities.  Support groups as well as workshops and training programs are available to help caregivers take better care of themselves and the person they are caring for.

Dementia Friendly WNC

Dementia Friendly WNC is committed to the well-being of people living with dementia and their families through a welcoming and knowledgeable community.  Dementia Friendly WNC is a grass roots organization dedicated to creating a community where all members are respected and valued.  

Do you know that North Carolina has a State Plan for Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders? 

Veterans Services Officers

Young Adults Are Also Caregivers

For information about scholarships for young adults who are juggling caregiving responsibility with being a student, consult this link. 

Caregiving Websites:

AARP Resources

The Eldercare Locator
A national directory for information on aging programs and services anywhere in the United States.

Family Caregiver Alliance and National Center on Caregiving
Caregiving information and advice, fact sheets and publications, newsletters, public policy and research.

Alzheimer's Association
An informative Web site for information about Alzheimer's Disease and caring for someone with Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer’s Store
Products and information for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.  Products have been selected to make living with Alzheimer’s disease as easy as possible. 

The Caregiver Action Network
Education, peer support, and resources that serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease.

Next Step in Care
Next Step in Care has five categories of information for you to choose from: The hospital, discharge planning, rehabilitation and subacute care, care at home, and outpatient care.

Each category has guides specially chosen for that setting or issue. There are 28 family caregiver guides, checklists, and forms. In addition, there are videos, common terms and definitions, and a section of links and resources.

Senior Services Directories:
Buncombe County
Henderson County
Madison County
Transylvania County