National Family Caregiver Month
Celebrated every November, National Family Caregiver Month is a time to recognize and honor family caregivers across the country. It offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers. Most caregivers do not realize they are a caregiver because they are taking care of their spouses, partners, parents, family, and friends.
Family caregivers manage health emergencies, juggle priorities, and suffer isolation – and all that was before COVID. The pandemic brings even more challenges as family caregivers handle Caregiving in Crisis.
If you know a Caregiver, Wyoming has a Caregiver Program in 16 of the 23 counties and might be able to give the Caregiver you know a break from working 24/7. Albany, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sublette, Washakie and Weston Counties do not have the Caregiver Program.
Wyoming also has the Older Relative Caregiver program in three counties: Johnson, Laramie and Sheridan. This program is for caregivers, 55 and older, taking care of children 17 and younger and/or an adult aged 18 to 59 who has a disability. Also parents, 55 and older, are eligible if they have an adult child aged 18 to 59 who has a disability.
An estimated value of caregivers in our country ~~ $470 billion. A break is well deserved.
Questions regarding the Wyoming Caregiver Programs please call 211 or 1-800-442-2766.
Are you a caregiver? Many Wyoming residents may not realize they are “caregivers.” Family members are often the major providers of long-term care for older relatives or for those with disabilities. People who regularly check in on family members and/or friends, help loved ones dress or bathe, clean their homes or make their meals are indeed acting as caregivers.
Meeting the long-term care needs of loved ones who need help is often a demanding, around-the-clock job. Support is available for many Wyoming caregivers through the National Family Caregiver Support Program
What does the program offer? Help can include respite support to allow caregivers to have temporary breaks from responsibilities, support group connections and help to provide specific, needed services.
Who can the program help? The National Family Caregiver Support Program helps adults 18 and over who are caregivers for a loved one 60 years of age or older or for someone of any age who has Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia condition. In Laramie and Sheridan counties, support is also available for older relative caregivers, 55 years of age and older, who find themselves raising their grandchildren or related children 17 years of age or younger or helping an adult 18-59 who have a disability. Also, the parent of an individual 18-59 with a disability is eligible.
Why is the program needed? It’s often said the first rule of taking care of others is taking care of yourself first. Ongoing caregiving can be rewarding, but can also lead to emotional, physical and financial burdens. Caregiver support can help avoid or delay out of home placements
Where is help available? Help from the program is available in all Wyoming counties except Albany, Crook, Niobrara, Platte, Sublette, Washakie and Weston.
Wyoming Caregiver Locations
Buffalo Senior Center
Phone Number: (307) 684-9551
Campbell County Senior Center
Phone Number: (307) 686-0804
Crook County Senior Services
Phone Number: (307) 686-0804
Central Wyoming Senior Services
Phone Number: (307) 265-4678
Community Action of Laramie County
Phone Number: (307) 635-9291
Housing Authority of the City of Cheyenne
Phone Number: (307) 635-2435
Fremont In-Home Services
Phone Number: (307) 332-2922
No. Lincoln In-Home Services
Phone Number: (307) 885-2021
Rock Springs Young at Heart
Phone Number: (307) 352-6737
Senior Center of Jackson Hole, Inc.
Phone Number: (307) 733-7300
Senior Citizens Council
Phone Number: (307) 672-2240
Uinta Senior Citizens, Inc.
Phone Number: (307) 789-3553
Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc.
Phone Number: (307) 856-6880
AgingCare.com is an informative online resource for caregivers.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) also supports family caregivers. Several helpful family caregiver resources are available online. Please click here for AARP caregiver resources.
To view the brochure “A Caution to Caregivers,” please click here.