Let’s be honest. Caregiving is hard. In fact, it may just be the hardest lesson in life. It teaches us to honor precious moments, to breathe, laugh, cry and embrace. Given the many challenges of managing hands-on care, doctor’s appointments, finances, and the continual thread of grief and loss inherent in caring for a loved one. It’s no wonder many of us feel burned out, hanging on only by a thread, stressed to our limits, and feel disconnected with ourselves.
Whether you care for a grandparent with dementia, a father with a spinal cord injury, a friend with cerebral palsy, a child with autism, or are navigating self-care while sandwiched between being a caretaker for your mother and children there is support for you.
Digital Support Systems
If you are in need of any variety of supportive services from housing, respite, social services, insurance and benefit guidance, as well as a person to guide you through national, regional, state, and county specific resources visit https://eldercare.acl.gov 1-800-677-1116
Youtube has become a library full of free information. The following two videos explore the essential skills and valuable lessons that caregivers will need to know in order to thrive.
CareGiving.com features the blogs of family caregivers, weekly words of comforts, daily chats, podcasts and free webinars.
Through its blog posts, podcasts and video chats, CareGiving.com holds one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories.