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Assistance For Caregivers

Caregiver Support Services

Caregiving simply means the act of helping another person who is not able to care for themselves. This can be temporary or ongoing, and the level of care needed may change over time. This care can be physical, emotional, financial or any combination.

Informal care is overwhelmingly provided through unpaid assistance. These are family caregivers which include relatives, partners, neighbors, and friends. In-home or respite funds may be available for those who qualify.

Caregivers are empowered in their role when they are aware of available resources and have a thorough understanding of the particular health issues of the individual they are assisting.

For further information contact (804) 343-3000 and ask for Caregiver Support.


The Virginia Lifespan Respite Voucher Program (VLRVP) provides reimbursement vouchers to Virginia caregivers who resides full-time, in the same household as the person receiving care, for the cost of temporary, short-term respite care provided to individuals, of any age, with a documented disability or special need. VLRVP is focusing on people with dementia and grandparents or relative caregivers providing care to a child not more than 18 years of age or an individual 19 to 59 years of age with a severe disability.

Area Advocates

Click below for a listing of support personnel within each area that can serve as a collaborator in helping meet the needs of older adults and/or persons with disabilities.

Click below for a listing of multiple websites beneficial to those providing care to others.

Support Groups

There are multiple support group options for caregivers.  Click on the link below for more information.

Training Opportunities Educational Videos contains seven brief video segments plus an introduction from Alzheimer’s activist Patti Davis, the daughter of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Each video features a problematic behavior with the following general format:

  • Behavior of person with dementia with the usual caregiver response
  • Expert analysis and explanation of behavior with tips to identify and eliminate triggers and suggestions for redirection
  • Response of caregiver showing tips in action

Caring for You, Caring for Me

About the Caring for You, Caring for Me Program:

This five week program is divided into 2 hours and 15 minute sessions per week and covers:
⦁ Effective coping with caregiver stress and strain
⦁ Ways to access available resources
⦁ How to work in partnership with the care receiver
⦁ Sharing common concerns with other caregivers
⦁ Best practices related to behavioral issues

This program is provided at no cost and is intended for Professional and/or Family Caregivers who are providing support and assistance to another person with a long term illness or disabilities.

We are hoping to start a session in January, and need at least 10 participants in order to begin the program.
To register call Senior Connections at 804.343.3000.
For more information contact Dee Caras at
Or go to

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