|We know that providing care for a loved one with Parkinson's can be a tough job. Spouses, adult children, and others who give care can often be on duty 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We are here for you too! Parkinson's Resources of Oregon offers programs for family and friends who provide care and support to people with Parkinson's as well as for people who have Parkinson's themselves.
As a Family Caregiver, if you find yourself stressed, irritable, or neglecting your own health needs, it may be time for a break! The Family Caregiver Respite Fund at PRO provides limited financial assistance for eligible families as they seek short term relief for the caregiver. Please review the application and contact us if you would like to apply.
Family and friends are always welcome to our support groups, but we also have some support groups that are just for you. Care Partner Groups are a special program to give needed support for caregivers in a safe and confidential group of peers. In these groups you can hear what has worked for others in your situation. You can also find people who really understand the mixed emotions you might wrestle with. They deal with some of the same things you do and it is great to have a good laugh together, or a good cry, when you need one.
Sometimes you just need information. Our Advanced Stage Caregiver Training program offers classes specifically for family members who care for someone with Parkinson's who needs a lot of help. Local experts give the latest information on medications and their side effects, emotional and mental changes in Parkinson's disease, caregiver stress, and long term care resources. Our staff is also available during business hours to answer your questions on the Helpline. Help is just a phone call away.
Our Social Work services have been a big help for caregivers. From helping to find the right home health agency to offering a comforting ear on a hard day to hosting a family meeting to talk about how kids and parents can work together in care…call on us.
|"I love my caregiver support group. Sometimes you just need to get some things off you chest with other people who are in the same boat."
"I felt like a prisoner in my own house. I couldn't leave for fear he would fall again. Now I have helpers coming every week and I can go take a walk or have lunch with my friends."
"I am going to give my doctor a big hug for referring me to the PRO Social Worker. Talking with her really helped"