How can I find local support and respite services? Ask our expert your questions.
AARP Caregiving Expert Series: Week 4: How can I find local support and respite services? May 27 - June 2, 2019
Welcome to week four of our four week Caregiving Expert Series here in the AARP Online Community, Caregiving Forum. Our AARP Expert, Amy Goyer, is here to help with questions you have as a Caregiver.
This week’s topic is How can I find local support and respite services?
According to many caregivers, building a local support system is a key way to get help. Your support system might include a caregiver support group, family, friends, and faith groups. Ask our expert best ways to find local help.
Click on "Alzheimer's Support Groups" and put in your zip code.
For you - in Alexandria, VA, there are many support groups listed there - pages of them. (I have a home in Alexandria too! I put in my zip code and there are about 7 pages of support groups listed! Isn't it fantastic there are so many options?!) For Alexandria, VA, it looks like all of Goodwin House support groups are listed separately every time there are meetings. I believe you can go to those support groups even if your loved one doesn't live at Goodwin House but you can call and ask. But check out the other pages too so you can see where other support groups are offered.
Another option is to visit the Alzheimer's Association website to find your local chapter in their "Local Resources" section (although it should be in your results from the Community Resource Finder I mentioned above).
I hope this is helpful! Let me know what you find and if it works out. Happy to help again!