If you're a caregiver for an aging loved one, or someone with a developmental disability, you know already just how stressful and consuming the process can be.
There is help however.
UCP Huntsville is known for helping with children with cerebral palsy and those who represent 155 additional diagnoses through Early Intervention and outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
What sets them apart from traditional therapy centers, and what the community may not know, is that they offer a continuum of services to support individuals of all ages and abilities, their families, and the teaching and healthcare professionals and employers who work alongside them.
In fact, three UCP Huntsville programs benefit not only local families, but also individuals statewide through childcare inclusion training, assistive technology, and respite services. These services are free and available to all.
Helping Those Who Care is a new initiative established through ACDD grant support that allows UCP Huntsville`s Alabama Respite and Technology Assistance for Special Consumers programs to join forces to specifically support aging caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities statewide.
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The goal of Helping Those Who Care is to help caregivers understand the long-term benefits of planning for the future, gain access to community supports, understand and use assistive technology to reduce caregiver dependency, and maintain and/or improve social, emotional and physical well-being.
Helping Those Who Care offers two-hour training sessions statewide at cooperating agencies for aging caregivers of care recipients with developmental disabilities. Each training will provide one hour of The Universal Approach to Aging Caregiver Well-being, Community Supports for the Aging Caregiver, or Planning for the Future as an Aging Caregiver, followed by one hour of Assistive Technology to Aid Aging Caregivers.
Each training will conclude with a social hour, including refreshments and community resources, and each participant will be offered a $50 care-giving assistance stipend, which will increase the ability for participants to attend training while entrusting the care recipient with a paid temporary caregiver
Additionally, UCP Huntsville staff is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., via phone and email to assist any aging caregiver of a care recipient with a developmental disability with technical assistance, training information, and resource referral.