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Respite, Support Systems Necessary for Family Caregivers


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The job of a caregiver can be rewarding and challenging, all in the same day. Continued support is a key factor to promoting a healthy, efficient relationship between a caregiver and the person they are caring for.

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Respite, Support Systems Necessary for Family Caregivers

  1. 1. Respite, Support Systems Necessary for Family Caregivers
  2. 2. The job of a caregiver can be rewarding and challenging, all in thesame day!
  3. 3. Adult children who take on the responsibilityof providing elder care for their agingparents come to mind - juggling work andyour own family in addition to caring for aparent with declining health can be quite anundertaking.Continued support is a key factor topromoting a healthy, efficient relationshipbetween a caregiver and the person they arecaring for.
  4. 4. People who are emotionally and physically exhausted or guilt-riddencannot provide good care.You may be taking care of a loved one 24 hours a day or you may bestopping at a nursing home every day after work to visit a relative.
  5. 5. If you have multiple responsibilities you mayfind yourself feeling resentful toward theperson to whom you are devoting so muchtime.
  6. 6. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, as acaregiver, you should neither expect-nor try-to be on-call 24 hours aday. Every caregiver needs respite and relief.
  7. 7. There are a variety of support systems available in most communities,including but not limited to: • Mail-carrier alert program • Meal programs • Home health aides • Homemakers • Grocery delivery services • Occupational, speech and physical therapists • Social workers • Respite care caregivers • Sitters • Nutritionists
  8. 8. Many caregivers may also find it helpful to share the responsibilitywith other members of the family.
  9. 9. Have a family pow-wow to create a game plan and write out aschedule.Be sure to take into consideration that different people have differentcapacities (use the "20 Questions Every Family Caregiver Should Ask"ebook to guide your planning).
  10. 10. Dividing responsibilities associated with caring for a lovedone can be beneficial in a number of ways-giving the personreceiving care an opportunity to spend time with loved ones, allowing family members to contribute in a way that theyare comfortable with (i.e. a grandchild who is an accountant can be responsible for her grandpas finances), but most importantly in giving caregivers a necessary break that all parties involved will appreciate.
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