Senior Health

For the Caregiver


Watching a loved one – whether a spouse, parent or friend – decline physically or mentally can be challenging. And, it is even more difficult if providing care for that loved one falls on you. At St. Luke’s we have a high level of respect for both older adults and the individuals who care for them. We offer several services to help you cope with the responsibilities of care giving.

When caring for an elderly loved one, it’s crucial that you care for your own emotional and physical health. Attending Caregiver Support Groups or visiting a St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Center may help to relieve stress and increase your energy. Caring for yourself is one of the most important – and one of the most often forgotten – things you can do as a caregiver. With seven hospitals and more than 250 sites, St. Luke’s University Health Network is here to help you as well. Find a provider today!

Caregiver Support Groups

This is an open group, members are welcome to join at any time, and there is no registration required. Our group is currently meeting virtually. Alzheimer's Association caregiver support groups, conducted by trained facilitators, are a safe place for caregivers, family and friends of persons with dementia to:

  • Develop a support system
  • Exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions
  • Talk through issues and ways of coping
  • Share feelings, needs and concerns
  • Learn about community resources

Support Groups are currently meeting virtually:

  • The Caregiver Support Group is held the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 am and 5:45 pm.

To learn more: contact 1-866-STLUKES or visit St. Luke's Event Calendar.

Additional Resources for the Caregiver:

Niche for Patients and Family

Departments on Aging

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Area Agencies on Aging – assistance with facilitating/assisting with care management, caregiver support, home-based services, insurance counseling, legal services, ombudsman, nursing home transition, protective services and respite:

National Caregiver Support Organizations

Driving and Transportation

If you are worried about your loved one’s driving, a cognitive assessment tool is available

Bereavement Support

Housing

Legal

Mental Health

Meal Delivery

Home Safety

  • Recommended Medical Alert Systems
  • Project LifeSaver of Lehigh Valley - saving lives and reducing potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders 
  • Safe Return Bracelet - 24-hour nationwide emergency response service for individuals with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia that wander or who have a medical emergency. 
  • Take Me Home - free program offered by the City of Bethlehem Police Department that allows for the safe return home of those who may not be able to communicate vital information to law enforcement officers or first responders.

Veterans

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