Caregiver Support Resources
*Resources on where to find help with funding and diagnosis.
*Free printable activities for your loved one at home.
*Information about our Caregiver Support Group
Need Something to do with Your Senior Loved One at Home?
We know there are many family caregivers across the Valley providing 24/7 care for their older loved ones during the pandemic.
Thank you for all you are doing to keep your loved ones safe, happy and engaged during this stressful time.
In response, the Adult Day Service Center has compiled a packet of important health information and fun activities to assist family caregivers.
We are also offering free live BINGO games weekly via Zoom for any senior in the valley who would like to join in and it’s a great opportunity for any caregiver to get a hour of respite while their loved one engages in a fun Bingo game.
Please head over to our Facebook page for our latest virtual activity schedule.
Please use the link below for our free printable activity packet. And other fun printables you can utilize at home with your loved one.
- Click Here to Download the Activity Packet!
- Click here to download free printable Bingo cards.
- Click here for 44 Printable Adult Coloring Pages
New to Caregiving?
Not Sure Where to Begin?
Two of the biggest challenges new caregivers often face is finding affordable care for their loved one along with the anxiety of who’s going to stay with them while they are at work or have to go to a doctors appointment. Sometimes finding the right doctor is even a cause of anxiety.
Do you need help finding a doctor that specializes in memory care or diagnosis?
- St. Luke’s – Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments (slhn.org)
- Fleming Memory Center | Lehigh Valley Health Network (lvhn.org)
Are you worried about paying for help?
Our Adult Day Program offers affordable care and can help with many of the anxieties that come along with caregiving.
Fortunately, there is financial assistance available to caregivers to help cover the cost of adult day services, which is just a fraction of assisted living or skilled care, along with other things like caregiving supplies and in certain circumstances transportation.
Below you will find links to resources that will help guide you in the right direction. Often one qualifies for assistance and they don’t even realize it.
At YWCA Bethlehem Adult Day Services, we participate with the following programs:
- Community Health Choices – AmeriHealth Caritas, UPMC & PA Health & Wellness (This includes the Aging Waiver & Independence Waivers)
- Consolidated Waiver- designed to help individuals with an intellectual disability, autism or developmental disability to live more independently in their homes and communities.
- Interested in applying for Home and Community Based Services? (Aging, Independence, Consolidated Waiver)
- Steps to Apply for Waiver Services
- OPTIONS, which is administered by your county Area Agency on Aging. There are no income requirements to participate in the program. However, depending on an individual’s income, they may be required to contribute towards the cost of their services based on a sliding co-payment scale.
- Veterans Community Care Network
- PA VetConnect- The objectives of PA VetConnect are simple: determine the needs of veterans and their beneficiaries, find resources that meet those needs, and connect veterans with those resources.
- We also accept private pay and will work with your long-term care insurance plan.
Click here to see what you or your loved one may qualify for. You can check off everything you need assistance with, and it will tell you at the end what you most likely qualify for and who to call or where to apply.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Facilitated by Donna Scrafano who holds a Masters degree in Human Services and has worked with community based organizations throughout her career. Currently, Donna writes articles for an online magazine, Silver Sage Magazine. Her articles include information about the challenges of caregiving as well as other life experiences. She semi-retired in 2015 and then completely in 2018 to continue to provide care for her elderly father.
Our caregiver support group is currently held monthly online due to Covid-19. Please check our Facebook page for updates, but it is typically held the third Wednesday of each month at 1 PM on Zoom.
Login info can be acquired by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or checking our Facebook page for the latest date and login information.