Help for caregivers

Helping Grandmother Walk

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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.

http://www.helpguide.org/elder/respite_care.htm

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.

http://seniorhealth.about.com/od/eldercare/a/day_care.htm

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/

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2 Responses

  1. I agree with you in that caregivers can certainly be a rewarding experience, especially if it is for family member. Support systems are essential, and your list of links is very helpful in that regard. I think many people would find this post useful during their own research. As you mentioned, there are a wide array of services to help in the process, as well as products to make life easier for caregivers and their patients. Thank you for this post!

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    • Thank you for visiting my blog,and for the praise too.Both are much appreciated.

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