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Caregiver Mental Health



While we know caregivers have higher levels of stress and are more prone to depression than non-caregivers, we also know that the thing caregivers need is support and strength for themselves. Caregivers tend to put themselves last in healthcare needs, or personal needs, like breaks, food, and even basic necessities like buying new clothing. While your day revolves around someone else's needs and daily tasks, we hope that by providing an active list of a few of the many resources available, you'll be more likely to get support from these free resources.

Caregivers, especially those who care for our nation's heroes, need support and their mental health needs met. That's why two of the five of these resources are for Veterans or those who care for Veterans. We hope this list provides some relief and reassurance that you're not alone and you are strong and needed. Thank you for what you do.


Different services for caregivers:

  • Caregiver Support Program through the V.A.

  • Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) Caregiver Programs

  • Arizona Caregiver Coalition

  • Family Caregiver Support Program through the AZ Dept of Economic Security

  • National Community Health Partners


V.A. Caregiver Support Program:

This program, offered to caregivers of Veterans who qualify for Veteran Affairs Services, offers clinical services at every V.A. facility.


They can help match you with the right services and support based on you and your Veteran needs. Your team can provide 1:1 support such as coaching, mobile support, support group enrollment, peer support enrollment, skills training, and more.


They help you handle the day-to-day needs of you and those you care for, and help you create a plan that focuses on creating a plan for you.


You can find the Arizona Caregiver Support Teams here:

Arizona

Caregiver Support Team Number

Northern Arizona VA Health Care System 500 Hwy 89NPrescott, AZ 86313

928-776-5352

Southern Arizona VA Health Care System 3601 S 6th Ave Tucson, AZ 85723

520-792-1450 ext. 6642

Phoenix VA Health Care System 650 E. Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85012

602-277-5551 ext. 7777

*This was borrowed from their website.






Western Arizona Council of Governments (WACOG) Caregiver Program


WACOG's program offers support and resources for the unpaid but vital role of caring for loved ones while providing tools, both online and in print, to help you manage anything life or loved ones throw at you.

There are two Yuma County Zones, as well as La Paz and Mohave County Zones.


Locations:

County

Site

Contact Information

La Paz

Address: 1115 W 12th St, Parker, AZ 85344


Phone: (928) 669-9514

Yuma

Address: 13226 S Interstate 8 Frontage Rd, Yuma, AZ 85367


Phone: (928) 342-1640

Yuma

AWC/NAU Library, Educational Resource Center

Address: 2020 S Ave 8 E, Yuma, AZ 85365


Phone: (928) 344-7777

Mohave

Address: 1776 Airway Ave # A, Kingman, AZ 86409


Phone: (928) 757-2778

La Paz

Address: 465 Plymouth Rd. Quartzsite, AZ 85346


Phone: (928) 927-6593

Mohave

Address: 2275 Trane Rd, Bullhead City, AZ 86422


Phone: (928) 758-1538

*This was borrowed from their website.


WACOG offers a free virtual caregiver support group every other Wednesday at 10am. To register, you can contact Cat Trobaugh: (928)377-4694 or catt@wacog.com.






Arizona Caregiver Coalition


Another incredible resource for caregivers and their families is the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. They also have support groups and printable resources on their webpage, but what makes them unique is their state-wide offerings like Caregiver Reimbursement Funds, Respite program, and Caregiver in-person classes. They also have online blog articles like this one that may help answer immediate questions and help with assistive services and device management.






Family Caregiver Support Program through the AZ Department of Economic Security


This program focuses on five direct services for caregivers and their families - including:

  1. Informative resources about the services they provide

  2. Assistance in gaining services and resources provided through the Department of Economic Security

  3. Counseling and support groups, including training caregivers

  4. Respite care to help support caregivers

  5. Some supplemental services for the caregiver and those they care for.







National Community Health Partners

We can help you too! If you live with a Veteran who qualifies for our program, you can be enrolled to receive help and services too. Simply have the Veteran you live with fill out our initial paperwork and screening. Once approved, we can help you BOTH on your way to wellness and less stressful living.


Contact us today to get an appointment and see how we can serve you!







Being a caregiver is a hard title to hold, and the spotlight is usually on the person you care for, even in your own life's list of priorities. We hope that you keep yourself in mind too - know that you cannot pour from an empty cup and should do your best to remember yourself and your needs whenever possible. We are here to help you too.

Reach out to us today if you or the person you care for is a Veteran to see if we can help you.

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