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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Caring for the Caregiver Part I

05-27-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For some caregivers, the caregiving journey can become a full-time job. In such situations, caregivers don't often realize the impact that 24/7 caregiving has on their emotional, spiritual and physical health. It is during this time that caregivers need to also take care of themselves, often very difficult with all their caregiving tasks. Yet, there are ways for caregivers to work in self-care and still fulfill their caregiving responsibilities. Over the next few weeks we will look at several ideas that caregivers have shared at caregiver support group meetings.

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Caregiver Burn Out

05-20-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

For some caregivers, the caregiving journey can become a full-time job. In such situations, caregivers don't often realize the impact that 24/7 caregiving has on their emotional, spiritual and physical health. It is during this time that caregivers need to also take care of themselves, often very difficult with all their caregiving tasks. Yet, there are ways for caregivers to work in self-care and still fulfill their caregiving responsibilities. Over the next few weeks we will look at several ideas that caregivers have shared at caregiver support group meetings.

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Caregiver Action Network (CAN)

05-13-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Being a caregiver requires a lot of the caregiver. Very few caregivers have the medical knowledge they feel they may need to be an effective caregiver for their loved ones. Questions abound: What do I need to know about the disease my loved one has? How can I best assist my loved one? What should I watch for in my loved one's condition? To where can I turn if I need assistance? One resource that can assist caregivers is the Caregiver Action Network (CAN) website which contains several videos on different diseases in their online caregiver video resource center.

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Caregiver Action Network

05-06-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Caregiving can be a lonely journey as many caregivers often feel isolated from their family members and friends as their caregiving duties require more and more of their time. Some caregivers find that their journeys have become 24/7 which brings even more isolation. One of the best coping strategies for caregivers is to attend caregivers’ support group meetings on a regular basis which helps combat the feeling of isolation as caregivers discover that they are not alone, that other caregivers have similar experiences and feelings. However, attending a support group may not be an option for those caregivers who are providing round-the-clock care.

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