Culturally Responsive Caregiver Support and Dementia Services

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Caregiver Services provides culturally appropriate support and resources for our diverse aging population. The service offers education, support groups, long-term individualized support services, community educational outreach and respite care.

Helpline

952-945-4034

Locations

Office: 3333 N. 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Service: The caregiver's home, in the office, or another predetermined location

Hours

Monday – Friday,
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
or by prior arrangement

Participants

Caregivers who are an adult family member or informal provider of in-home and community care to an elder 60+ or an elder with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder

Fees

Caregiver services are supported through a grant from the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging, as part of the Older American act. However, we still need your financial support. Please consider a financial contribution of any amount to help us continue our quality of service to you and your family.

How we help



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respite

Caregivers can use available respite services to help themselves avoid becoming exhausted and overwhelmed with the continued demands of caregiving responsibilities.

USUAL CARE

Our Usual Care services are available for caregivers of an elder 60+ with a debilitating disease, chronic health conditions, or frailty.

  • The Caregiver Social Worker can help you build on your strengths and assist you in managing the challenges that are often part of care giving. She brings knowledge, experience and understanding to her work. Her primary goal is to help you better manage your life and the life and health of your loved one.
  • Coordination of information, support, and practical assistance: Provides caregiver with information on available community resources as well as links caregiver to necessary services. Services such as homemaker, chore, legal assistance and transportation may be important to you as you balance your time and find ways to take care of yourself.
  • Coaching/counseling: Professional coaching/counseling that assists caregivers with identifying their needs and then develop a personal action plan. Services under this heading may include family counseling; problem solving; financial and legal counseling; coaching to build knowledge and skills so that caregivers can make decisions and provide care that meets both their own needs and those of their loved one.

ALZHEIMER'S CONSULTING

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease at home is challenging without support and can take a toll on a person's health. Support for individuals caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease helps caregivers reduce stress, burn out and remain healthy.

Our Alzheimer's consulting is available for a caregiver of an individual, of any age, with Alzheimer's disease or a related disorder.

Our caregiver consultant will help you:

  • Understand Alzheimer's disease and how the disease may progress over time Develop strategies for coping with personality and behavior changes
  • Learn how to handle challenging situations and solve everyday problems
  • Create a support system of family

Services include:

  • Assessment of person-caring for an individual living with Alzheimer's disease
  • Individual and family caregiver sessions to develop strategies to support the caregiver, family member with Alzheimer's disease, as well as other family members.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

African American culturally-specific environment, offering:

  • Education
  • Insights and feedback
  • A place to share challenges and ways of coping
  • Identification of available community resources
  • Relevant monthly topics
  • Guest speakers

Our new Aging and Memory Mobile Clinic, is the only mobile unit in the country dedicated to memory screenings for people of color.

Its mission is to increase health equity for the African American, East African and Hmong communities. It also will allow us to expand our services in St. Paul, MN where many in the Hmong community live. Here’s the initial coverage of the initiative in the area’s most prominent African American publication the Spokesman-Recorder.

“Many people are hesitant when they hear the words ‘memory screening’ because they don’t want to find out that they have memory loss,” noted Caregiver Coordinator Mayla Yang. “We reassure them that we are there only to raise awareness and to encourage people to reach out to their care provider for further assessment.” Dr. Kevin Brown, a neurologist, was present at both initial events for the mobile clinic to provide one-on-one consultation after patients’ memory screening results.

The Mobile Clinic is funded by a combination of grants, including MN Department of Human Services, the federal Administration for Community Living, MN Board on Aging, and the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging.


Your caregiver consultants

African American

East African

Hmong

For more information, contact Dorothea Harris — Program Manager
Phone: 952-945-4175
dharris@voamn.org