Are you a Caregiver?
Sometimes adults need a little extra help. Sometimes their caregivers do too. Many people who care for a loved one, friend, or neighbor don’t think of themselves as caregivers, but if you routinely…
- bring food to a friend or family member
- listen to and reassure them
- drive them to appointments
- help with chores
- pay their bills
- run errands for them
- help with yard work
- fix their leaky faucets
- organize their medications so they can be safe
… then you are a caregiver.
Caregivers may qualify for caregiver support services if they are:
- 18 years or older and caring for an older adult or an adult with a disability
- The primary caregiver
- Not paid for caregiving
One size definitely does not fit all. Our specialists tailor support services to the unique needs of unpaid caregivers. Services may include:
- Referrals to local support groups, counseling, and other resources.
- Training on specific caregiving topics.
- Advice on use of supplies and equipment.
- Practical information and caregiving suggestions.
- Respite care, if you need a break.
Most services are free. Respite care is available on a sliding-fee scale.
What to expect
When a caregiver contacts the network, a caregiver specialist conducts an interview to better understand the caregiver’s current caregiving situation, sources of stress, and stress level. The interview can be completed by phone.
Alternatively, you can download and print a Personal Caregiver Survey (link) and contact a caregiver specialist to discuss your situation and next steps. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. You do not need to complete the survey in advance of your call.
Your caregiver specialist may recommend an in-person care consultation and/or telephone support, depending on your situation. Referrals to counseling, respite care, and other services you need to maintain your effectiveness as a caregiver are also provided.
You are not alone!
If you help care for a family member or friend, you are not alone! Help is just a phone call or click away via Community Living Connections.
We’ve built an extensive network of community partners who reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the people we serve. We provide information in multiple languages and can provide culturally appropriate assistance.
- African American Elders Program at Catholic Community Services | 206-328-5639
- African Americans Reach and Teach Health Ministry |206-850-2070
- Alzheimer’s Association | 206-363-5500
- CISC | 206-624-5633
- GenPride | 206-393-3400
- India Association of Western Washington | 425-829-5544
- Jewish Family Service | 206-861-8790
- Kin On | 206-652-2330 ext 115
- Korean Women’s Association | 253-946-1995
- Neighborhood House | 206-461-4554 ext 3112
- Open Doors for Multicultural Families | 253-216-4479
- Sound Generations | 206-448-3110