While only one in ten individuals are caregivers to adults ages 50 and older, these individuals often have lower health and decreased wellbeing than the overall population. Studies show that caregivers have higher rates of stress and tend to have increased frustration levels (Sourcewise Area Plan on Aging 2020-2024).
The Caregivers Network by Sourcewise (previously known as the Family Caregiver Support Program) aims to support family caregivers ages 18 and older by identifying care solutions that fit their mental, emotional, and physical health needs. From navigating access to reputable community resources, the program provides access to qualified care managers, and respite subsidy to support caregivers that need a break from caring for their loved one.
Caregivers Network provides caregivers with access to an online platform that offers a variety of caregiver training opportunities based on your caregiving needs, an interactive forum to connect with other caregivers locally, and access to interactive activities for your loved one. To help you be prepared and supported, the tips below can help any caregiver at any stage of their journey.
- Be prepared for an emergency. Sourcewise provides a Disaster Preparedness Guide to assist you and your loved ones prepare for emergencies known to occur in Santa Clara County. Speak with a Community Resource Specialist at (408) 350-3200, option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your mailed or electronic copy.
- Connect with your Network. Get support from the people who may understand your responsibilities and provide a safe space to share. The Alzheimer’s Association offers virtual support groups. Locate a support group near you at alz.org/help-support/community/support-groups.
- Ask for help. Family and friends often want to help. Be specific when asking for support and have a few alternatives, big or small. The helper can choose what they are comfortable doing. This will help you know you are not asking too much.
- Take a 15-minute vacation. Want to go to Nairobi or Tokyo? Taking breaks is important to help you recharge. Take deep breaths and picture yourself visiting Buckingham Palace, Red Square, or going on a photo safari in Tanzania. The best part, there is no need to worry about passports or lost luggage.
Caregivers may be eligible for supportive services if they are an adult family member or informal caregiver providing care to someone age 60 and older, or someone of any age with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders.
To learn more about Sourcewise Caregivers Network and a variety of supportive services, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.