The National Family Caregiver Support Program
The AAA’s Family Caregiver Support Program provides a multifaceted system of support services for family caregivers. The Caregiver
Program Specialist works in conjunction with Care Coordinators/Benefits Counselors to provide education, training, peer counseling,
support groups, information to access to community resources and caregiver respite services.
The Program provides:
- Information to access to community resources and caregiver respite services
- Individual counseling, support groups, and training to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems
- Respite care to temporarily relieve caregivers of their care-giving duties and responsibilities
- Limited supplemental services that complement the care provided by caregivers, such as:
- Adult Day Care
- Home Delivered Meals
- Health Maintenance
- Homemaker/Personal Assistance
- Institutional Respite (Adult Day Care)
- Residential Repair
Why these resources are needed
- The most rapid population growth is among people 85 and older with an increasing number of people aged 100 and older
- 20% of the population will be over age 65 by 2030
- 62 – 70% of family caregivers are working part-time or full-time with over 50% working full-time
- American business is losing between $ 17.1 billion to $ 33.6 billion per year because of the direct and indirect costs of older caregivingAll supportive services are available on a donation basis.A helpful website for grandparents raising grandchildren is: http://www.aarp.org/grandparents
The Following Websites address Caregiver Stress, Resources, Dementia, End of Life Care, Legal Issues, Long-Distance Caregiving:
- Administration for Community Living
- Alzheimer Association
- Alzheimer Solutions
- Eldercare Locator
- Family Caregivers Alliance
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- mmLearn.org Free Online Video Presentations
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Caregiver Action Network
- Video Caregiving
Family Caregiver Support Group, Alzheimer’s
Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
4601 Corona Drive, Corpus Christi, TX
361-883-3935 or 800-817-5743
Meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5857 Timbergate Drive, Corpus Christi, TX
361-883-3933 or 800-817-5743
Meets the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Lexington Place Nursing & Rehab
1661 West Yoakum, Aransas Pass, TX
Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
401 East Third Street, Alice, TX
361-883-3935 or 1-800-817-5743 or 361-758-7686
Kleberg County Nursing & Rehab
Meets the Fourth Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
316 General Cavazos Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX
361-883-3935 or 800-817-5743
Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children – GRRC
Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
4040 Greenwood Drive., Corpus Christi, TX
Summer Location: Ben F. McDonald Library
Children are encouraged to attend & participate in activities
Be informed – sign up on our mailing list to hear about other Support Groups and Outreach events.
For additional information contact: Felipa Lopez Wilmot, 361-883-3935.
These facilitations are provided by: The National Family Caregiver Support Program.
Community Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers
We know caregiving can be stressful, this program will teach:
- Stress management techniques
- Relaxation and coping strategies
- These basic skills can reduce daily stress in your life
- For family caregivers of a loved one with dementia, program meets 90 minutes each week for 9 weeks for a group of up to 8 people. Confidential, supportive, trained caring facilitators with all materials provided. For additional information contact Felipa Wilmot 361-883-3935 or 1-800-817-5743.
Schmieding Dementia Training
The Schmieding Dementia training is a course (12 clock hours) content includes:
- Introduction to Dementia & Alzheimer’s disease
- Behaviour issues
- End-of-life care
- Nutrition & fluid balance
- Caregiver stress & burnout
Classes are 4 hour sessions for 3 days and are held at Del Mar College/West Campus 4101 Old Brownsville Rd. Corpus Christi.
For additional information call Felipa Wilmot, 361-883-3935 or 1-800-817-5743
Virtual Dementia Tour
This is an individual educational experience through simulated dementia. Person becomes impaired both physically & cognitively. The experience allows a person to become sensitized to dementia & change their perception of persons with dementia. The times of sessions vary and most will be hosted at Del Mar College/West Campus 4101 Old Brownsville Rd. For additional information call Felipa Wilmot, 361-883-3935 or 800-817-5743
Free Care Provider Training Classes
- Are you a caring person looking for a flexible & rewarding job?
- Do you want to work as a “Home Care Provider” for the elderly?
- Are you a family member who recently started or will soon care for a loved one?
FREE 8 hour “Care Provider Training” will teach basic skills to promote “Quality of Care in the Home”
- Roles & Responsibilities of a Care Provider
- Assisting with Personal Care
- How to Help someone who uses Adaptive Aid(s)
- Caring for someone with early to mid stage Alzheimer’s
- Caring for someone with mid to late stage Alzheimer’s
- Community Resources
Classes are held the second Wednesday of every other month from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., seating is limited; call to reserve your space
*Certificates of completion are awarded. For additional information contact Felipa Lopez Wilmot, Caregiver Program Specialist 361-883-3935 or 800-817-5743
American Red Cross Family Caregiving Program:
The Family Caregiving Program has been designed to:
- Teach skills for caring for the elderly, chronically ill and disabled at home
- Help organizations in the communities served by the American Red Cross provided services that benefit the growing senior population
- Preparing families to take on the responsibility and challenges of caring for a loved one at home
The program consists of eight individual topic-based modules for caregivers. Choose those modules that best fit your needs – they can be taken seperately or in combination
- Home Safety
- General Caregiving Skills
- Positioning and Helping Your Loved One Move
- Assisting with Personal Care
- Healthy Eating
- Caring for the Caregiver
- Legal and Financial Issues
- Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
Each module is offered in a one in a half hour session no matter which module is selected. Participants will enhance their skills, reduce stress and build confidence.
Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend
2910 Leopard Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78408-3614
Information & Assistance Line:
TDD users can communicate with AAA of the
Coastal Bend by dialing Relay Texas at 800-456-5094.
TTY users should dial Relay Texas at 800-735-2989.
You can also send us an email through the form below.