When the disease reaches the stage where the person with Parkinson’s needs more and more help, we offer respite care assistance.
The Parkinson’s Support Group of Green Valley offers a Respite Care assistance program which is funded by memorial donations that reimburses local member applicants for some respite care expenses. Effective June 2012, the Board of Directors set a cap of $600 per year per family.
To be eligible to receive reimbursement:
♦ The person with Parkinson’s be a registered member. To register, see the box below, AND
♦ Complete a Respite Care Reimbursement Request form (When open, download and print) and submit it with receipts from an approved service provider to Marcia Heath, Treasurer, at GVSPD, PO Box 714, Green Valley, AZ 85622.
Upon approval by the Finance Committee, you will be reimbursed for the cost of professional caregiver services up to $600 a year. For more information, call Marcia Heath at 206-999-7181.
APDA Arizona Membership Registration
To join APDA Arizona, choose one:
Pay by check: Download, Print and complete a Registration Form here.
To view the form in your browser, click here.
Send it with a $35 check payable to:
PO Box 40067
Tucson, AZ 85717
Pay by credit card: Go to www.apdaarizona.org and select “Membership” then “Become A Member”.
When your spouse was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), you did not automatically become a caregiver. With a few adjustments, your spouse was most likely still able to do most of what s/he has always done. However, little by little, both of you will notice that things are different.
This might go on for years, if the progression of the disease is slow. But one day you will wake up knowing that your life has changed—helping your loved one with basic activities will have become your focus. You are now a caregiver!
You will find yourself challenged on every level—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. You will need to find ways to take care of yourself while caring for the person who is depending on you more and more. The chronic stress that caregivers experience can lead to neglect of personal needs, illness, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and burnout.
Our Parkinson’s Support Group is as committed to supporting the well-being of caregivers as it is to supporting those with PD. The Caregivers Group meets monthly at the same time and place as the Men with PD and Women with PD groups. This allows caregivers the freedom to attend meetings while their loved one attends a meeting of their own.
Watch for the “Caregiver’s Corner”, a column that appears in the Parkinson’s Post newsletter and addresses caregiver issues.
Local Resources for Caregivers:
Valley Assistance Services, Inc. provides case management services to homebound or disabled adults. Case Managers assess the living situation and develop a plan. Volunteers provide friendly visits, grocery shopping, short-term respite for caregivers, and transportation to doctor appointments.
Contact: Valley Assistance Services, Inc. at 520-625-5966
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: www.gvas.org
Casa Community Support Group for Caregivers meets monthly at La Posada.
Contact: Cindy Campbell at (520) 625-2273 x6835 or Shannon Reed at PCOA, 520-790-7262
The Caregiver Consortium holds a workshop in November. Free respite care is available so caregivers can attend. Contact: Karen Ring at PCOA at 520-305-3409
Community Connect by La Posada is a resource for information and referral to non-profit service providers.
Contact: 520-393-6700 Web Site: www.laposadagv.com