5 Tips For Helping A Caregiver

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October 19, 2017

5 Tips For Helping A Caregiver

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”-William Shakespeare

Care giving can be very fulfilling yet also very overwhelming. Caregivers have many different responsibilities and can be individuals hired from an organization or more often a family member takes on the caregiver role. Either way, often we find that these caregivers are the only support system for the people they are caring for. This can be very stressful and demanding.

Here are a few tips and resources for our caregivers and others in the community that are looking to lend a helping hand:

1. Volunteering time – For those of us who recognize a caregiver in our community could use our help, it is important to lend a helping hand when possible. Unfortunately caregivers are not always open to asking for help and they need to be offered that assistance. This can be something as small as giving the caregiver an hour break, helping with shopping, housekeeping, etc.

2. Respite or Support Services – Holy Redeemer LifeCare and many other organizations provide both Respite Services and Support Services to help aide caregivers. Respite Services allow caregivers to have extended periods of time for a break or vacation while their loved one stays at one of our LifeCare communities. The caregiver gets some well-needed self care and their loved one receives the care they need from our staff. Support Services allows an aide or companion to come to the loved one’s home as an additional caregiver to assist with various activities of daily living. Either option can provide relief and peace of mind for caregivers. You can find more information here.

3. Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program – This is a program funded by the state in which caregivers can be assisted financially. There are certain eligibility requirements and restrictions with this program. You can find more information here.

4. Caregiver Support Groups – Caregiver support groups are a great way to have the opportunity to talk to others who are in similar situations and can relate to your experiences. Many different organizations provide different groups and discuss a variety of topics. Start by reaching out to local hospitals who often have these scheduled throughout the year.

5. Knowing Your Limits – Last but most importantly, caregivers must recognize their own limits. As we already discussed it can be very hard for a caregiver to ask for help. However, a caregiver is no good to their loved one if they aren’t in good shape themselves. The resources are out there but it is up to you to take the first step.

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