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Oklahoma Caregiving Education Program

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.

Reliable Resources

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

Oklahoma Senior Info-Line: 1-800-211-2116 (or call 211). This number links 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 a 24/7 helpline that is staffed by professional who can help answer questions, as well as find local resources.

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

AARP provides an in-depth resource center for family caregivers. Resources range from how to talk to your loved one about driving to understanding your loved one’s finances.

Caregiver Action Network

The Caregiver Action Network provides a lot of informational resources, as well as a story sharing platform for caregivers to tell their story.

Next Step in Care

This program 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.

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