Area Agency on Aging has a variety of services intended to support caregivers on their caregiving journey.
Family Caregiver University
Caregiving is both rewarding and challenging. Many times individuals are thrown into this role with no training and, often, no support. Family Caregiver University provides practical education and support to caregivers in West Michigan, one class at a time. All classes are taught by community experts and are open to individuals providing care to their family members.
The Many Hands program helps caregivers access the support networks they may not realize they already have. Working with a licensed Social Worker, caregivers consider who in their current social circle may be willing to help provide support.
The Dementia Navigation Program (DNP) is now available for caregivers of those who have dementia. Conducted by a Licensed Social Worker, participants will receive coaching on dealing with challenging behaviors, assessment for caregiver stress, depression and offered techniques for self-care.