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Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 19 April 2012 17:48

Caregivers hear it all the time: "Take care of yourself or you won't be able to take care of others." But, how does a caregiver find time for self-care? It seems impossible when we are already running in circles, keeping up with the various demands on our time. Yet, there are resources available to help caregivers take a break. Caregivers must be willing to look for these resources and accept help.

 

  • County human services agency. Many county human services agencies have funds set aside for respite care, much of which is not dependent on financial need.
  • Senior companions. RSVP, a senior volunteer program, offers senior companion programs in many areas. Senior companions are seniors in good health who offer wonderful company for elders at home while the caregiver has some time to themselves.
  • Faith communities. Many faith communities and churches have volunteer groups. These volunteers can keep elders company while the caregiver runs errands or takes a break.
These options are generally provided at no or minimal cost. But, paid options shouldn't be overlooked or ignored. Just a few hours of assistance can mean the difference in a caregiver's physical and mental health.
  • In-home care. A flexible option, in-home care can be scheduled to meet the elder's and caregiver's needs.
  • Adult day care. Adult day care offers a variety of activities for elders and, like in-home care, is very flexible.
Although an elder may fight the idea of having someone else caring for them, caregivers cannot give in to their guilt. Caregivers need to detach and take care of themselves. If you feel you cannot leave your loved one, even for an hour, then you need help. Please check out the various options mentioned above. You are as important as the person you care for.