The following providers offer relief to caregivers by providing short-term breaks from their regular caregiving responsibilities.
Q: I am my mother’s primary caregiver and feeling overwhelmed. Do you have any suggestions for me?
A: Being a caregiver to an aging relative is no easy task. Caregivers juggle family, job, community responsibilities and often find themselves with such high stress levels that their own health becomes an issue. Here are a few suggestions:
- Eat nutritious meals, exercise and get a good night’s sleep.
- Talk to your doctor regarding any concerns.
- Set limits as to what you are willing to do for the care of your mother and involve the rest of the family members. Remember- you can’t do it all.
- Educate yourself on aging issues that pertain to the situation you are in. Share this information with your family. There are many websites and books on various topics that pertain to the role of a caregiver. You may also consider caregiver classes and/or joining a support group
Q: My wife takes care of her father full time and really does not get a break. Where can I get her some help?
A: You can access help through a home care agency. An agency can provide assistance with some or all of the following: sitter/companion services, errands/transportation, housekeeping, meal preparation, and assistance with personal care (CNA services). Programs and services can be provided for a fee or may be available through publicly funded programs. If you are not able to financially pay for services, there are a couple of community based programs that may be able to help. For additional information, please contact Senior Services Help Line.