Caring for a parent, sibling or loved one with Alzheimer’s and related forms for dementia can be exceptionally rewarding. At the same time, it can include bouts of exhaustion and periods of being emotionally drained. As a caregiver, you may be required to make meals, feed, read, clean up, change bedding, offer comfort and good cheer, as well as a long list of other requirements.
During those unpredictable periods, you'll need to find time to manage your own life. And if you have other responsibilities like work or caring for additional family members, it becomes even more important for you to find time to tend to your own needs. Because of these responsibilities, it comes as no surprise 38% of family caregivers rate their job as being emotionally stressful.
Although you may be able to make your way through caregiving and your other responsibilities, too much time without time for yourself can result in depression, caregiver burnout, and other health problems. To remedy this, the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation offers caregiver respite programs to help you make it through the long haul. In addition to these programs, we provide transportation and quality care, so you can stay at the top of your game.
Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM, we offer a state-of-the-art day program for your loved one with Alzheimer's disease. The main benefit of our day program is your loved one will be stimulated in a safe and engaging environment. Each program is uniquely designed to accommodate your loved one's abilities with a focus on what they can do — not what they can't.
And while your loved one attends our day program, you can take a much-needed break. Our day program offers six hours of respite care, which is a total of 30 hours a week.
During this time, we encourage you to partake in self-care. Go see a movie, engage in a hobby, schedule doctor's appointments, spend time with your children, go food shopping, or simply catch up on some TV. Whatever you do, do it for yourself.
Research suggests that when you take care of yourself, you'll be better prepared to provide the patience, compassion, and level of care your loved one needs.
Just like our weekday program, Social Saturdays provides respite to caregivers and stimulation for participants. However, it is unique in that it also offers the opportunity for caregiver’s and their diagnosed loved one’s to spend enjoyable quality time together. Social Saturdays also offers LIAF’s chorus program, a special movie discussion program and memory café events. Saturday’s at LIAF have something for everyone!
For more information about Social Saturdays, contact Grace Johnson, social worker, at (516)-767-6856 at extension 11.
LIAF's in-home respite program provides two hours of in-home support every other week for Alzheimer’s families in Nassau County. Our highly-trained respite workers provide stimulating cognitive activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. This program is partially funded by the Nassau County office for the Aging.
While your loved one is being stimulated, you and your family can take a much-needed break from your caregiving role. Whether you decide to simply rest, socialize with friends, run errands, attend medical appointments or anything else; LIAF is here to support you and provide guidance along your caregiving journey.
For more information or to arrange in-home Respite services, please contact us today.
One service difficult to come by is transportation, which LIAF proudly offers to its participants to and from the center. Designed for optimum accessibility, LIAF currently has two wheel-chair accessible vehicles. One of which was generously donated by the Esther and Harold Mertz Foundation.
By providing our own transportation, we’re able to ensure the safety of your loved ones in the care of bus drivers who are trained to appropriately accommodate those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Utilizing LIAF’s transportation also allows for increased time for the caregiver to take care of personal appointments, household duties, food shopping, and more. We provide our door-to-door for families living in select areas of Nassau County.
All of our transportation services are available upon assessment.
LIAF is here for you — providing guidance and assistance along every step of the journey. In addition to our support, we offer a total of 30 hours a week — Monday through Friday from 10AM to 2PM — of Alzheimer's day programming. During this time, we encourage you to be good to yourself however you see fit.
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