Asking for Help

06-17-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

One of the hardest things for family caregivers to accept is the reality that they may not be able to care for their loved ones without assistance from others. Many caregivers feel embarrassed or guilty when they realize they cannot do everything. Once this realization sets in, the next step is to ask for assistance from caring, concerned friends and family members. Many times this does not happen because caregivers are too overwhelmed to figure out how others can assist.

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Caring for the Caregiver Part 3

06-10-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For the past three weeks, we have been exploring some ideas of how 24/7 caregivers can work self-care time into their busy caregiving schedules. Several options have been presented including hiring professional caregivers, asking family and friends to visit the care receiver while the caregiver takes a break, and taking the loved one to an adult day care center.

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Caring for the Caregiver Part 2

06-03-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For the past two weeks, we have been exploring some ideas of how 24/7 caregivers can work self-care time into their busy caregiving schedules. The first option discussed was asking a family member or friend to relieve the caregiver so that he/she can take a break. A variation of that option was presented – hiring someone to take care of the care recipient and getting reimbursed for up to $300 in a three-month period from the Arizona Caregiver Coalition. A second option explored last week was to have friends come do activities with the care receiver or take him/her to lunch while the caregiver takes time for self-care.

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