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Finding Support for Family Caregivers

By Cherie Coe, 8:00 am on

Taking on the role of caregiver for an aging family member or loved one can be an extremely rewarding experience. However, there are many cases when an aging loved one’s complex care needs make caregiving a stressful and emotional job that can impact your health as a caregiver. Fortunately, there is support available – both in the ways of physical and emotional support. Here is a brief overview of some of the available resources for family caregivers:

Local Support

Sometimes, allowing someone to take a bit of the burden from you can be just what you need to ensure quality care for your loved one. One of the best resources for caregiving families is your local Area Agency on Aging, an association whose primary mission is to help older adults and those with disabilities. They have a wealth of support services from meals on wheels and can refer you to great local resources such as home care, which is discussed below.

In-Home Support

If you provide care for an aging loved one and feel as if care responsibilities are becoming too much to handle alone, look into home care. Reputable Jefferson County home care agencies have a team of highly qualified and trained caregivers who can offer assistance on an hourly or live-in basis. Along with providing quality care for your aging loved one, they can help out with other tasks such as housework, grocery shopping and transportation.

Emotional Support

There are also options out there if you should need emotional support while caring for a loved one. Joining a support group is a great way to meet other caregivers and learn new things that can make caregiving a more manageable task. For those who are hesitant about attending a caregiver support group, there are also plenty of online forums which can be great for learning new caregiving tips and connecting with others who are in similar situations. Being able to relate to others and knowing that you are not alone in this journey can help tremendously. Also, depending on your insurance, you might also be able to speak to a counselor or therapist who specializes in illnesses and being a caregiver.

You shouldn’t have to face the journey of being a caregiver alone. Luckily, you don’t have to. Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Jefferson County for more information on in-home care and support. While we specialize in live-in care, we also provide hourly care in Jefferson County, assisting seniors on a part-time basis and providing their family caregivers with the respite they need to remain healthy and happy.

Schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable Care Managers today by calling (303) 987-5992 . We look forward to hearing from you!