Our unique care consultation program is specifically designed to comprehensively address the needs of families dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
Through our comprehensive Caregiver Support Program, we provide support to caregivers with the following services: 24/7 Helpline; Care Consultation; Family Orientation and Support Groups. These services help increase caregiver knowledge of the disease, care giving practices and community resources, and decrease caregiver isolation. Ultimately, the Caregiver Support Program is designed to enhance the quality of life and longevity for caregivers and their loved ones.
Please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 and simply ask for a Care Consultant.
Care Continuum Provides Critical Support
The Alzheimer's Association, Orange County Chapter was founded in 1982 when it was estimated that 9,000 individuals in Orange County had Alzheimer’s disease. Today, as that number continues to grow, we remain the leading resource for information, support, advocacy and research in Orange County.
Our unduplicated array of programs serve what is sadly an ever-growing population of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and/or related dementias. Our Care Continuum provides a life-changing – sometimes life-saving – link for those struggling with the challenges of Alzheimer’s. All services are provided free of charge for those with memory loss disorders, their caregivers and our community.
Meet Clara and Ralph
Clara and Ralph were huddled at the front door of the Alzheimer's office on a cool Monday morning. They were early and Clara was anxious for help. Ralph was restless and barely able to await the arrival of Deborah, a care consultant at the Orange County office.
When Deborah arrived, Clara began to cry. For many years, she had been coping with the effects of Alzheimer's disease on Ralph, but this had been an especially difficult weekend. The evening before, Ralph had wandered from home, fortunately, returned to Clara by an observing neighbor. Once home, Ralph was convinced that intruders were just outside the door trying to steal his important papers and money. He paced the floor all night; at times thinking Clara was his mother. With little sleep, Clara came to the office exhausted, fearing she would be unable to continue caring for Ralph at home.
Deborah listened compassionately to Clara's story and validated her loving care of Ralph. She arranged a focus session with Clara and her two adult children, and they worked out methods of practical assistance. An on-going relationship between Deborah and the family had begun. Appointments were made with the family physician and an elder-law attorney. Education about Alzheimer's disease, referrals to adult day care, and participation in a support group eased Clara's stress. Ralph's quality of life improved. Though the emotional pain continues as the disease relentlessly progresses, the family has moved forward from crisis to effective management of the disease. Ralph remains at home.
The strength of our program results from our ability to provide individualized, specific support to meet the unique needs of each person and family. Key to our success in meeting our mission is offering a fluid response, one that evolves throughout the progression of the disease.
Please call our 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 and simply ask for a Care Consultant
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