Nobody anticipates becoming a caregiver to a relative or a relative's child. The responsibility comes with many challenges, and it isn't always easy to find help and advice. Area IV offers several programs designed to help caregivers improve the quality of life both for their charge and for themselves. By looking through the programs below, you can find out what options are available to you and your family.
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Chronic Disease Self Management Program
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) was developed by scholars and physicians at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center and Kaiser Permanente in 1996. The program is currently offered in all 50 United States, 19 foreign counties, and is available in 17 languages.
All Community Transportation programs are open to public based on available seating, and are wheelchair accessible. They are all-volunteer public transportation programs and can be used for all kind of personal business as often as needed. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are even some prescheduled trips!
This is a donation-based program. Your generous donation will go towards the gas costs plus help pay for a new vehicle when it is time to replace the existing one.
Click the link below to find out which programs operate in your area
See the Community Transportation FAQ
Equipment Loan Program
Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. available for borrowing at no cost to client. Availability is dependent on donations received (donations are accepted).
Family Caregiver Program
Are you providing care and assistance for a spouse, relative, friend or grandchild (or other relative child)? Do you have questions or problems for which you need information? Are you feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities and wonder if there is help available?
Grandparent/Relatives Raising Children
Grandparents/relatives who are raising children have special issues related to their situation. Area IV offers several programs for educating these parental figures and helping them raise children that are not their own.
In-Home Services and Care Management
A Care Manager assesses services needed, arranges for these services and monitors how these services are helping the individual. Care Management is a "system" that ensures appropriate services to the elderly and disabled persons to assist them in remaining independent.
Matter of Balance
Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.
Raising Awareness of Chronic Care Management
Nearly half of all adults in America live with at least one chronic disease. Typical healthcare can not always deal with each individual's needs. However, there are strategies that everyone can tailor to fit their own personality and lifestyle. A few healthcare professionals are embracing these strategies across the country, bringing the issue of chronic pain management to light and raising awareness in insurance companies.
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Reduce Your Risk of Falling
As you get older, the consequences of falling become more severe. There are several simple things every homeowner can do to make sure the risk of falling is as small as possible. These checklists will help you fall-proof your home and ensure a safe environment for all residents.
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The upcoming Alzheimer's Caregiver Conference.is discussed on WLFI-TV, TV18, Greater Lafayette, IN.
Each June, Area IV hosts nearly 500 individuals aged 55 and over for the Senior Games and its sister event, Golden Games (with area nursing facilities). The Games offer a variety of recreational events, and there is something for everyone.
Protect Yourself from Identity Theft #5
Check your credit card bills and bank statements carefully every month, looking for activity you don’t recognize.
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The 27th Annual SENIOR GAMES will be held June 10-14, 2013 for seniors age 55+ living in Area IV-served counties. The deadline to register is June 3rd. See Activities/Wellness on this website for the registration form -- due by June 3rd.
Wacky Wednesdays at the Movies for Seniors will show "The Vow" on June 12. Breakfast snack at 9 a.m. and movie starts at 9:30 a.m. Bring a friend and enjoy the Fellowship & Fun!
Area IV offers Congregate Meal Services for older persons through Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Warren, and White Counties.