The Care of Caregivers

Caregiving can be a part or full-time job. Caregivers may live close to, far away from, or in the same home as the person they are caring for. Additionally, they can provide help with a few tasks or be almost entirely responsible for the care of a friend or loved one.

It’s easy to burn out. Preventing burnout is done through self care. Caring for yourself is as important as caring for your friend or loved one. Think of the safety message that flight attendants give you when you fly (and are traveling with a dependent)- first, put on your own oxygen mask, then assist the child with his/her mask. Caring for yourself combats stress and short tempers and allows you to provide the best care possible to others.

Taking care of oneself can look different to people. Guilt should not prevent you from caring for yourself. Home care organizations, meal delivery services, friends, Adult Day Care Centers, and Assisted Living Facilities that provide temporary or permanent housing are good options to assist you in your caregiving duties. Successful caregivers cobble together a variety of services to help them get through the challenges of caregiving. Below are some places to begin looking for caregiving and other helpful resources:

Family Caregiver Alliance (caregiver.org, caregiverstress.com or 1-800-445-8106) provides a well organized website with a thorough explanation about all aspects of caregiving to people with dementia

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org or toll free 866-232-8484) provides an excellent FREE quarterly publication to those caring for people with dementia; the helpline is manned by social workers M-F 9a-9p EST

To find a palliative care provider in your area (getpalliativecare.org) this website also contains valuable information describing what palliative care is

For a thorough dementia evaluation and Alzheimer’s research trials (916-734-5496)

Davis Senior Resource Guide (www.cityofdavis.org or 530-757-5696) provides a listing of local services for the older adult

Alzheimer’s Association care for those with Alzheimer’s & dementia (alz.org or 1-800-272-3900 a 24/7 helpline) For Alzheimer’s & dementia support (helpforalzheimersfamilies.com or 1-888-734-8645)

Contact Citizens Who Care for more information