The Oklahoma Caregiving Education Program (OkCEP) from OSU Extension is designed to provide caregivers with information on a wide range of caregiving topics. This program is free and available to anyone who currently is providing care or simply interested in learning more about caregiving. Most caregivers say they need more information or training in order to provide better care for their loved one.
Resources for Caregivers
Are you providing care for a family member who is aging or sick? If you said yes, you may be a family caregiver. You may have heard of this term before, but what does it actually mean? A family caregiver is someone who provides care for a loved one. This person typically has not received any kind of training for this care nor are they being paid for their help.
The most important thing to know is that you are not alone! Recent estimates report that there are over 43.5 million Americans who are providing care for a loved one. Eighty-four percent of these caregivers say they need more information and training to be able to provide quality training for their loved one. That is okay! You may not know everything and you are not expected to know everything!
This is where we can help! We have several fact sheets that help you get started on your caregiving journey.
Now let’s help you find some resources for anything that may come up! Below are some reliable resources that you can freely access:
- Oklahoma Senior Info-Line: 1-800-211-2116 (or call 211). This number linked older Oklahomans and their caregivers to information and assistance in their areas.
- Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is a great resource for caregivers of any situation
– not just Alzheimer’s disease. This organization offers the following:
- 24/7 helpline that is staffed by professionals who can help answer questions, as well as find local resources (1-800-272-3900). Their website also has a lot of information for caregivers.
- Care consultation: Trained consultants can help caregivers with care planning over the phone, via email, or in-person.
- Support groups: There are a variety of support groups across Oklahoma, as well as online so caregivers always feel connected.
- American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides an in-depth resource center for family caregivers. You can go through their website or call their resource line: 1-877-333-5885. Resources range from how to talk to your loved one about driving to understanding your loved one’s finances. They also have an online community so you can connect with other caregivers. You can find local resources through their website.
- Caregiver Action Network provides a lot of informational resources, as well as a story sharing platform for caregivers to tell their story. You can reach their Caregiver Help Desk by calling 1-855-227-3640. This number is only available between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm CST.
- Next Step in Care provides easy-to-use guides and checklists to help family caregivers with their caregiving duties, as well as working with healthcare provides to plan and enact safe methods for chronically or seriously ill loved ones.
- Coming soon – the Master Caregiver Volunteer Program. Trained volunteers will be able to provide information and trainings for caregivers across Oklahoma.