Caregiver Fundamentals Program
Are you a family member caring for a loved one?
Sunbeam Family Services is proud to come alongside caregivers to provide support and practical solutions to help caregiver’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. If you are living with and caring for a loved one 60+ and living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, or Logan counties, our program is available to you.
Assists caregivers in accessing benefits and services available to senior adults in the community. Visit areawideaging.org for the 2018-19 Resource Directory or call for personal assistance at 405.942.8500.
Caregivers have access to experts in a variety of fields through Sunbeam’s educational series. The trainings help caregivers with stress reduction, clear communication, caregiver self-confidence, balanced living, and tough decision-making.
Sunbeam provides a safe setting for caregivers to connect with other caregivers who understand what they are going through. To see the dates for our support groups, visit the calendars below:
Occasionally, you may need time away from your responsibility as primary caregiver. Sunbeam offers relief so that you can have a break for short periods of time.
Caregivers have access to Sunbeam’s counseling services to help cope with life’s challenges or other issues related to caregiving responsibilities. Sunbeam’s counseling staff consists of mental health professionals who provide traditional counseling services based on their professional training, experience, and areas of expertise.
For more information about the services Sunbeam Family Services offers caregivers, call 405.609.6551.
The Caregiver Fundamentals Program makes no distinctions on the grounds of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, religion, or disability. A portion of the project costs are met by state and federal OAA funds from Areawide Aging Agency and OKDHS Aging Services Division. There are no costs to participants; however, donations are accepted. Suggested donation per services: Information Services, $1/activity; Access Assistance, $1/activity; Support Group, $2.50/meeting; Respite, $2.50/visit; School Supplies, $5/family; and Training Seminars, $5/seminar.
FAQ for Caregiver Fundamentals Respite Care
Absolutely! Our respite is available on a scheduled visit for four hours, once a week. This four-hour shift is available during the day and evening as well as Saturday or Sunday.
We encourage our caregivers to take care of themselves. When the respite worker is in your home, you are welcome to come and go as you need. It’s your house! We will attend to your loved one while you rest, take care of household needs or take a break.
We ask that you make the care receiver comfortable upon the arrival of the respite worker. Our grant guidelines will not allow us to transfer or help the care receiver by assisting them to move.
We ask that you contact your respite worker if you need to cancel their scheduled visit. If the respite worker is available to come on another day of your liking, the two of you may coordinate and schedule it; otherwise, they will come on their next scheduled visit.
Our workers are allowed to provide respite four hours per week. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide continuous respite over four hours at a time or stay overnight. However, we can work with you on identifying other respite programs that may be beneficial for your specific need/request.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute, 43.5 million adults in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last year.
- 3,110 senior adults received safe and caring support through the Senior Services program, a 14.3 percent increase over the previous year. This program impacted an additional 5,061 family members through the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Caregiver Fundamentals and Foster Grandparents programs.