Rosalynn Carter, photo credit Washington Post Photo by Nikki Kahn
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”
—Rosalynn Carter, 39th First Lady of the United States
Five Reasons why Caregivers Need Support
Caregivers play an important role in providing care for their elderly or disabled loved ones. However, caregivers need support to increase their chances of having an effective and healthy caregiving experience over the long haul. Following are the top five reasons why caregivers need support.
Caring for a sick or disabled loved one can be complicated. Caregivers must possess a variety of skills, depending on the needs of their loved ones. Some caregivers provide their loved ones with emotional support, whereas others might aid with lawn care and grocery shopping, and yet others provide total care and help their loved ones. Thus, caregivers must be versatile and prepared for the many aspects of providing care for a sick or disabled loved one.
It can Feel Like it is a Thankless Job.Not everyone knows or understands all that is involved in caregiving, so it can feel like it is a thankless job. It is important for caregivers to educate family and friends about what caregiving entails and, if possible, to ask them for help.
It is easy to start but hard to quit. Caring for a close friend or family member is not like having a regular job. Many times, the hours are not set, the role changes with the loved one’s needs, and there are emotional ties that are often not present in the traditional workplace setting.
It often requires a long-term commitment. Many caregivers provide care for a loved one over an extended period.
It can be lonely. If a caregiver does not have outlets or supports, he or she may end up feeling isolated and alone.
Six Useful Resources for Family Caregivers
Caregivers do not have to go it alone. You may find the following resources helpful as you celebrate and honor family caregivers.
Join the Caregiver Support Center’s private forum. Our Caregiver Wellness Support Center is a private forum designed to empower you to achieve optimum caregiver wellness. As a member you will have the opportunity to network with other caregivers who share similar life experiences. You can be assured that the information shared in our private forum will not be shared with any third parties. Please jointoday!
Register for the Coping with Grief During the Holidays webinar series. The loss of a loved one (patient or client) can have a devastating impact upon those who are left behind. Family members and caregivers are especially vulnerable during the holidays and need tools to cope with the loss. Please join us for the live webinar series titled Coping with Grief During the Holidays. This three-part series webinar will focus on the intense grief that both family caregivers and care professionals experience during the holidays. Please registertoday.
Register for the Caregiver Smile Summit.The Caregiver Smile Summit is a virtual Summit that will transform your caregiving by providing practical knowledge to make you a better caregiver, take care of your own health, while preparing you for your own aging journey.
Participate in the Disrupting Caregiving Survey. You are invited to participate in the Disrupting Caregiving Survey. The survey is comprised of seven brief questions that represent the collective ideas shared by participants during the Caregiver Wellness Summit. Once you have made your selection. Please proceed to the remaining questions. You are invited to answer each of the questions honestly. Your answers are completely confidential, and your information will not be shared. We hope that you will participate in this important and confidential survey!
Encourage your Family, Friends and Co-workers to Join the Time Counts Movement. From five minutes to an hour, the time you spend supporting caregivers can make a difference. Is there a caregiver in your life you want to support, but you‘re not sure what to do? Then join Time Counts, a call to action led by EmbracingCarers. As part of Time Counts, EMD Serono is supporting caregivers by trying to raise a total of 1 million minutes globally!
Give your time to a caregiver at http://bit.ly/2W8N9wp. Challenge your friends and family to a minute competition by sharing this post and see who can give the most minutes!
We hope that you take a moment to honor caregivers during the month of November 2019!