Alzheimer's Alliance: Support, resource

Published on Saturday, 29 March 2014 22:04 - Written by Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

The Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County can help those who are caring for a loved one who is suffering from memory loss.

“When you have a question about help at home for a loved one with memory loss, please allow the Alzheimer’s Alliance of Smith County to be your local resource and support Center,” Education Coordinator Nora Gravois wrote in AASC’s most recent newsletter.

Home support services can include assistance with homemaking chores, personal care and hygiene of the person receiving care, meal preparation, medication reminders, transportation and providing companionship and relief to the caregiver. Gra-vois writes that Alzheim-er’s Alliance of Smith County focuses its ref-errals on de-mentia-specific home care providers.

“If you allow us to call on your behalf, we advocate for you and your loved one with planning, need assessments, communication and resolutions of concerns with the home provider you choose.

“We maintain a dementia-specific provider board that allows us to give you information about caregiver feedback and share any particular training, activities, workshops, partnerships or programs those providers have completed.

“As a caregiver facing many decisions, it is important you know who is coming into the home and what dementia-specific training, awareness and education that home provider has … not only for the person with memory loss but for you as the caregiver.

“Our goal is that caregivers know about dementia-specific resources and support available.”

To learn more about the services AASC provides, go to its website,www.alzalliance.org , or call 903-509-8323.