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AAA7 offers a telephone support group for caregivers | Community

Caregivers are an essential part of the healthcare system – they provide loving and essential care to their family or a loved one. As part of their role, it is important that caregivers have a resource to contact if they need help and support.

Through the Regional Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7), a caregiver support telephone group is available for the ten major counties served by the Agency, including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson , Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton. The next call will take place on Thursday, January 20 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. All caregivers are welcome and invited to participate.

Each month, the group provides time for caregivers to get and give support with other caregivers and resources, as well as educational topics related to caregiving. The monthly telephone support group is facilitated by staff from the AAA7 Caregiver Support Program. The phone option offers caregivers the opportunity to learn and get support from each other without leaving their homes.

Caregiving is an act of love and giving, but can bring stress and questions to the caregiver. The Caregiver Telephone Support Group is available to caregivers aged 18 and over providing assistance to relatives, friends, neighbors or others; but are not paid for the services. This also includes grandparents or other family members raising children. The telephone support group is offered monthly on the third Thursday of each month.

If you would like to learn more about the AAA7 Caregiver Phone Support Group or to register for the next call, please call Vicki Woyan at AAA7. She can be reached by calling 1-800-582-7277, ext. 215, or you can also email [email protected] In order to receive conference call information for the call, you must pre-register by January 20

The AAA7 Caregiver Support Program has been in existence since 2000 and is funded by the Federal Senior Citizens Act. It provides caregivers with services that can help reduce stress, in addition to resources that can help provide better care not only to the loved one, but also to the individual caregiver. Caregivers aged 18 and older are eligible for Caregiver Support Program services in addition to grandparents raising grandchildren.

Services provided through the AAA7 Caregiver Support Program include assessments, training, information, assistance, advice and answers to day-to-day issues. Any caregiver in AAA’s 10-county service area7 who wishes to receive these services may do so without eligibility requirements. Additional services that require eligibility criteria include respite services and additional services that might include a resource or product needed to supplement the care provided, such as medical supplies, home safety equipment, legal services, etc.

Your local agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis in ten Southern Ohio counties including Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton. These services are available to help seniors and people with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private payments. The AAA7 Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Resource Center is a valuable contact to learn more about options and available programs and services for assistance.

Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, people can speak directly with a specially trained Agency staff member who will help them with information about the programs and services that are available to best meet their needs. The Agency also offers a free assessment for those who wish to learn more.