Caregiver Fundamentals Program
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. 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 caring for a loved one 60+ and living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, or Logan counties, our program is available to you. We provide:
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. See more information below in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section.
Assists caregivers in accessing benefits and services available to senior adults in the community. Visit areawideagency.org for the 2015-2016 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:
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group
Caregivers Support Group
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.
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.
For more information about the services Sunbeam Family Services offers caregivers, call 405.609.6551.
FAQ for Caregiver Fundamentals Respite Care
Absolutely! Our respite is available on scheduled one four-hour shift per week. The 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, they will certainly try, otherwise they will come at their next scheduled visit.
Our workers are allowed to provide respite for up to 8 hours a week consisting of two four-hour visits. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide continuous respite over four hours at a time or stay overnight.