Cognitive disorders, movement disorders and multiple sclerosis challenge families, who rise to the occasion by becoming care partners for their loved one. Patients rely heavily on their family caregivers, who often suffer tremendous stress, particularly when they lack knowledge and experience.
Supporting the Needs of Care Partners
At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, we hear over and over again, “I was surprised to discover I had become a caregiver.” Many individuals with a brain disorder need help with daily activities and interactions.
If you’re close to someone in this situation, in some way your own life and responsibilities are also being affected — physically, emotionally, socially or economically. The most effective care partners are well-informed and use help and support from all available resources to ensure they don’t sacrifice their own well-being during their caregiving journey.
We’re here to help as you strive to find a new sense of balance and as you learn to manage different stressors while maximizing quality of life in the face of the new challenges and opportunities caregiving presents. Unanticipated as it might have been, the good news is that many find joy and fulfillment in continuing to care for their loved ones.
- Visit our calendar of no-cost caregiver education and support programs offered at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
- Learn about more resources for caregivers in our Patient Guide, which was conceived by our patient and family advisory council.
Programs & Services
Together, our Caregiver & Community Education and social work teams provide the full range of no-cost programs and services that individuals and families need to become informed, connected and supported, thus improving their coping skills and quality of life.
Lunch & Learn Series
The Wednesday Lunch & Learn series is a great example of our community outreach. Free and open to all families regardless of whether they or their loved one are patients at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the noontime lunch series covers topics ranging from dealing with stress during the holidays, to preparing healthy meals in minutes, to understanding changes in veterans' benefits, to new developments in the diseases treated at our center.
Join us from anywhere
Want to know more?
- Visit our calendar to view upcoming community events
- Please contact us to be added to our mailing list and receive a monthly events update via email
For Cleveland Clinic Patients and Their Care Partners
The following services are available only by referral from a Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health neurology team member, who will notify the social work and behavioral medicine teams of your interest in our services.
1. Case Management
Community resource referrals to help identify services available in the community. The following is but a small sample:
- In-home care services
- Transportation resources
- Accessible housing
- Home modifications
- Disability accommodation for travel
- Home safety and monitoring equipment
- Workplace accommodations
- Veterans’ benefits
- SSDI/SSI applications
- Medicaid and Medicare applications
- Advance Care, financial and legal planning
- Assisted living, group home and nursing home referrals
- Individual therapy for patients and care partners
- Family therapy
Enhancing Care Through Collaboration
Our providers have some recommendations on steps patients and families can take to maximize the effectiveness of their collaboration in care with Cleveland Clinic Nevada.
Watch this video series to learn more.
- Philosophy & Overview
- Neurorehabilitation – PT, OT
- MyChart: What Is It?
- MyChart: A Family Testimonial?
- Yoga and Self Care
- Caregiver & Community Education
- Social Work
- Support Group Testimonial
- Research & Clinical Trials