November is National Family Caregiver’s and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
November is National Family Caregiver’s Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness month. What better time to recognize family caregivers who are the real superheroes! November is a time to celebrate the contribution of those family members who support a loved one needing assistance with care because of their health or disability.
We’re thankful for the contributions of the more than 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Join us as we celebrate these superhero caregivers and find better ways to support them as they care.
M4A has many programs and services for family caregivers AND individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of Dementia. Through our Alabama Cares Program, caregivers can get support with:
Information on resources and services available through public education and support groups;
Caregiver Access Assistance to obtain access to the services and resources that are available through outreach and case management; Caregiver Education to assist in making decisions and solving problems relating to areas such as health, nutrition, and finances; Caregiver Respite or temporary relief from caregiving by providing personal care, homemaker services, adult day care, and other services requiring a skilled helper in the home; and Supplemental Services such as incontinent supplies and nutritional supplements, are available on a limited basis.
M4A also has available to families four new Legal Guides. These guides are available under our Legal Assistance Program and include information on designing a long-term care plan, authority issues for caregivers, dementia-friendly professionals and caregivers, and what to do when a loved one passes away. There is no cost for these guides and M4A encourages families to get a set, so they can be properly prepared with legal issues in caring for a loved one.
M4A also provides free Dementia Friendly Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders so they can be better prepared in becoming dementia knowledgeable, dementia sensitive, and dementia responsive. Upon completion of this two-hour free CEU training, each department receives official designation as a “dementia friendly department”.
M4A has partnered with the Columbiana Senior Center and the Chelsea Community Center to sew handmade Alzheimer’s Fidget Activity Lap Blankets to distribute to families who can benefit from receiving one for their loved one.
Help M4A celebrate and honor these superhero family caregivers by reaching out to us for help, information, or resources. We are just a phone call away and can be reached during normal business hours at (205) 670-5770 or by visiting our website at www.m4a.org