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9 Free Resources for Family Caregivers in Arizona

Explore the abundance of free resources and support networks available in Arizona to alleviate the difficulties and responsibilities faced by family caregivers.

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Gloria Zhu

Being a family caregiver can be an incredibly challenging journey. Fortunately, family caregivers in Arizona are fortunate to have access to a wealth of free resources and support systems that can help ease these challenges and burdens. Here are some of the best free resources available to family caregivers in your community.

1. Arizona Caregiver Coalition

The Arizona Caregiver Coalition is a lifeline for caregivers in the state. This nonprofit organization offers a wide range of support services, including respite care, reimbursement programs, support groups, and educational resources. Below are some of the best free resources and applications available through ACC: 

2. AZ Aging 

Arizona has many Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) that provide assistance to older adults and caregivers alike. These agencies can help advocate, plan, coordinate, develop, and deliver services for older adults, people living with disabilities, and their families and caregivers.They agencies offer programs, services, referrals to local resources, and can connect you with services like home-delivered meals, transportation, and caregiver support. Below are the seven member organizations that cover all 15 counties within Arizona:

  • Area Agency on Aging
    1366 E Thomas Road, Ste. 108, Phoenix, AZ 85014
    (888) 783-7500
    Service Area: Maricopa County
  • Pima Council on Aging
    8467 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710
    (520) 790-7262
    Service Area: Pima County
  • Northern Arizona Council of Governments
    323 N San Francisco St, #200, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
    (877) 521-3500
    Counties Served: Apache, Coconino, Navajo, Yavapai
  • Western Arizona Council of Governments
    1235 S. Redondo Center Drive, Yuma, AZ 85364
    (800) 782-1886
    Counties Served: La Paz, Mohave, Yuma
  • Pinal-Gila Council for Senior Citizens
    8969 W McCartney Road
    Casa Grande, Arizona 85194
    (800) 293-9393
    Counties Served: Gila, Pinal
  • Southeastern Arizona Governments Organization
    300 Collins Road, Bisbee, AZ 85603
    (520) 432-2528
    Counties Served: Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Santa Cruz
  • Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
    2214 N. Central Ave, #100, Phoenix, AZ  85004
    (602) 258-4822
    Service Area: Arizona’s Tribal Communities

3. Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter

For those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter is a crucial resource. They offer tailored information, support groups, and educational resources specifically designed to assist dementia caregivers. Some helpful resources:

4. Family Caregiver Support Program

Administered by the Arizona Department of Economic Security, the Family Caregiver Support Program provides a wide range of services to family caregivers. These services may include counseling, training, and respite care. They are dedicated to helping caregivers maintain their own well-being. Some programs include Lifespan Respite Programs, and getting reimbursed for family caregiving expenses.

5. AARP Arizona

AARP offers a plethora of resources and support for caregivers. Their website features informative articles, webinars, and a dedicated caregiver support hotline. You'll find a wealth of information and a community of caregivers ready to help.

6. Legal Assistance

Navigating legal matters related to caregiving can be daunting. The State Bar of Arizona can provide information on free or low-cost legal services. Whether you need assistance with estate planning or understanding your legal rights as a caregiver, they can guide you in the right direction.

7. Veterans Affairs Caregiver Support Program

If you're caring for a veteran, the VA Caregiver Support Program can be an invaluable resource. They offer caregiver training, counseling, and even financial assistance. Caring for a veteran often comes with unique challenges, and this program is designed to address those needs. There is no formal application required to enroll in the Program for General Caregiver Support Services, here’s how you can enroll.

8. Online Support Communities

In today's digital age, online support communities play a vital role in connecting caregivers. Websites like Caregiver Action Network offer forums and resources where you can connect with others who understand the challenges you're facing.

9. Duet: Partners In Health & Aging

Duet is a nonprofit organization that offers services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandfamilies. They provide caregiver support groups, respite care, and a variety of educational programs.

Caring for a loved one is a labor of love, but you don’t have to go about that journey alone. In Arizona, family caregivers have access to an array of resources and support systems that can make the caregiving experience more manageable. Remember, seeking help and support is not a sign of weakness but a testament to your dedication as a caregiver. Reach out to these resources, and let them help you on your caregiving journey in the Grand Canyon State.

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