Have you been a family caregiver for long? You might be looking at what it really entails or trying to find help as you’re feeling overwhelmed. Either way, seeking support is so important. Starting off with a strong support group is ideal, but if it’s been months or years, you can jump in and find the support you need.
Here are tips to use as you look at your options.
Hospitals and Senior Centers Often Have Specific Support Groups
Why does your parent need care? Is it general aging or is Alzheimer’s, cancer, or another chronic health condition? Many hospitals and senior centers host support groups for specific conditions. Look for these by checking monthly schedules or asking a local organization focusing on that chronic health condition. You’ll often find them for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, strokes, and heart disease.
Join these groups to be surrounded by others who know exactly what you’re going through. You’ll make friends and get the support you need at the same time.
Turn to Family and Friends
If you’re feeling overwhelmed turn to family members and friends for help. You might feel better if you had a break for even an hour a day. If friends or other family members can step in while you take a break, you’ll be able to relax.
As the care becomes more demanding, you may need others to help more often. This can be addressed as the issues develop. Take small steps and at least get that hour of free time each day to start.
Online Support Groups Fit in With Schedules
It can be hard to get out and attend a support group or go out with friends. Online support groups are a good solution. Don’t let it be your only solution, however. Online support does give you a chance to ask questions of others who may have more experience. It also allows you to vent.
Over time, online members may branch out and try to host meet and greets in convenient locations. Don’t be afraid to suggest this if you’re making friends with people that you’d like to meet in person.
Hire Elderly Care Aides to Give You a Break
Pair online support groups, help from friends, and local support group meetings with respite care. Elderly care aides will help your parents while you get out. You can go for a walk with a neighbor, have drinks with friends, or see a movie. Make sure you take these breaks for your sanity. Call our elderly care agency to learn more about respite care services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elderly Care Services in Wellesley MA, or anywhere in Eastern Massachusetts, please call the caring staff at CARE Resolutions – (508) 906-5572.
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