Caring for a loved one can be hard work. However, the National Family Caregivers Association says that people who recognize themselves as caregivers are more proactive, engaged and confident. As a result, they provide better care and are able to do so longer, even as their loved one's care needs increase.
Caregivers who access and use support services also report fewer negative emotions, such as depression, anxiety and anger. By seeking and accepting help, along with planning for the future, you can provide the care your loved one deserves while also making sure your needs are taken care of.
Through the National Family Caregiver Support Program, your area agency on aging and other local providers are ready to assist you with supports that may include:
- Training, resources, information and support groups;
- Respite care, adult day and medical alert services;
- Personal care, chore services and home delivered meals;
- Yard work and home repairs;
- Durable medical equipment and home modifications; and
Contact the area agency on aging serving your community for information and referral, as well as a free in-person assessment to identify your needs and link you to available resources. Call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community.