Beaverton Committee on Aging: Caregiver Support in Oregon, Part 2

By Lou Weisberg09 grandparents-2198053_640

In Oregon the Aging Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), is the local government agency tasked with providing information for caregivers on caregiving resources and services in the community, and help getting local services including home-delivered meals, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, and training: https://www.adrcoforegon.org/consite/index.php

Other services include respite care options for temporary relief such as a few hours in an adult’s home or at an adult day service program. Also, qualified homecare and personal support workers can be found via a statewide registry at the Oregon Caregiver Handbook: http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/spd/Pages/adv/hcc/index.aspx

ADRC also has a six-week class, Powerful Tools, which can help caregivers learn how to reduce stress, improve communication with family and doctors, make tough medical decision, etc. Website is www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org or call 1-855-ORE-ADRC (1-855-673-2372).

Also on this site is the Family Caregiver Handbook which is a guide for caregivers covering how to:

  • Provide help with day to day care like bathing, managing medications
  • Dealing with dementia
  • Home safety
  • Self-care and depression
  • How to ask family and friends for help
  • Options when care at home is no longer possible: Senior housing.
  • Financial Planning such as power of attorney, advanced directives, wills.

Caregivers should become familiar with their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA). FEMLA is a federal law and OFLA is a state law requiring covered employers to provide employees with job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Both generally provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for a family member with a serious health condition or the employee´s own serious health condition. A caregiver won’t get paid if they exercise this option, but it would protect their job long-term.

For information about the Beaverton Committee on Aging, contact jbrooks@beavertonoregon.gov.