Caring for an aging parent in the home can be a rewarding expierence,both for you and your loved one.While the benefits are many,the caregiver can easily become overwhelmed.
It is vital that the caregiver have a good support system of family and friends,as emotional and physical help will be needed.
There are recources available to caregivers that will lessen the stress involved in balancing work,home,family and caregiving.
Respite care allows the caregiver time to do errands or have much needed time away for themselves.Utilizing family and friends is one option while paid help is also available.
Adult day care is a specialized facility that provides a safe structured environment for your loved one.Many of the facilities operate 8-12 hours a day and provide meals,activities,outings and general supervision.There are many facilities that also provide counseling for the caregiver,should it be needed.
You may also contact a social worker that can help identify and coordinate needed services.
Below I have included several links to online resources designed for caregivers that may be helpful.
Family Caregiver Alliance- http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp
Family Caregiving 101- http://www.familycaregiving101.org/
Strength for Caring- http://www.strengthforcaring.com/
Caring Connections- http://www.caringinfo.org/