10 Places to Find Caregiving Help

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It is not easy being a caregiver. Often in the beginning stage it is natural to think that you can do it all by yourself. As time goes on your caregiving duties will increase. The sooner you get extra help, the better. For more info visit http://www.brightstarcare.com/

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10 Places to Find Caregiving Help

  1. 1. 10 Places to Find Caregiving Help
  2. 2. • It is not easy being a caregiver. Often in the beginning stage it is natural to think that you can do it all by yourself.• As time goes on your caregiving duties will increase. The sooner you get extra help, the better.
  3. 3. Keep in mind it may take some time to find the right combination ofservices and support for your loved one.
  4. 4. Providing care can require a team approach with a primary carephysician as the team leader with the primary caregiver alongside.Other resources such as adult day care, respite providers,companions and friendly visitors are a vital part of the team.
  5. 5. 1. FamilyThe best starting place is with immediate family members. Use familyhelpers as much as possible. If they do not volunteer to help do nothesitate to ask them how they would like to contribute to the care of theirloved one. One family member may be better suited for running errandswhile another is good at paying bills. Not everyone is willing or able tocontribute the same level of care.
  6. 6. 2. FriendsIf friends, neighbors, distant relatives ask if there is anything they can do tohelp, say yes. Assign them a specific task. For example, it might be helpful ifthey brought over dinner once a week, or maybe they could mow the lawn,or drive your loved one to see the doctor. Ask them to be a respitecaregiver for a couple of hours so that you get a break.
  7. 7. 3. Area Agency on AgingThis should be one of the first resources you should contact. Almost everystate has one or more AAAs, which serve local communities. You can findyour local agency listed in the phone book or on the Internet.
  8. 8. 4. Local senior centerMost senior centers offer some services or can connect you with localcommunity services. Also, senior centers are a good place to network withother caregivers.
  9. 9. 5. Churches and synagoguesEven if you are not affiliated with a church or synagogue, many offercaregiving help to people of all faiths. Even if they do not offer caregivinghelp they may be able to point you in the right direction.
  10. 10. 6. Local organizationsContact your local United Way, Jewish Family Services, Lions Club.
  11. 11. 7. National organizationsFor almost every ailment or illness there is an organization that can providereferrals or services. You can find listings on the Internet, yellow pages, andat your local public library.
  12. 12. 8. Government agenciesContact your local health department, and departments of housing andsocial service. Look in the yellow pages.
  13. 13. 9. Adult Day CareAdult day care agencies offer programs with varying services. To find adultday care services, check your local phone book.
  14. 14. 10. BrightStarBrightStar Care is an industry leader in providing quality care solutions,from homecare for adults and seniors to childcare and medical staffingnationwide.
  15. 15. Find Quality Care Now Locate a BrightStar Near You!Find a location in the USFind a location in Canada

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