Are you caring for an aging and/or disabled parent, spouse, family member, friend, or relative due to an illness, injury or disability? Have you ever thought back to how you became a caregiver? What is your story?
If you are not caring now, have you considered the day when you may need to care for someone? Will you be prepared to be a caregiver? In my book, Designated Caregiver, Chapter 2 - Caregiving at Home provides experiences from the live’s of other caregivers, examples to help the caregiver with Activities of Daily Living and Homemaker Task. Also provided - information on home health agencies - medical and non-medical.
I became my mother’s Designated Caregiver when she fell and became disabled. After a couple years we needed additional help, and hired a non-medical health agency about 15 hours a week. The following were some responsibilities of the agency caregiver: Prepare meals and clean-up, wash and dry clothes, light housekeeping, transportation, personal hygiene, and companionship.
Our family evaluated several agencies until we hired Senior Helpers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you are considering hiring an agency, check them out and request references. Also ask others for recommendations.
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) - Serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer's disease. Advocate for caregivers, peer support, caregiver information. 202-772-5050 www.caregiveraction.org
Caring.com - Leading online destination for caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. 800-952-6650 www.caring.com
CaringBridge.com - Helps families and friends communicate with each other during hard health issues like critical illness, treatment or recovery. www.caringbridge.org
CareGiving.com - When you care for a family member or friend, we care for you. We're a community of supportive individuals caring for a family member or friend. We care for parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and anyone we consider family. We care for you before, during and after caregiving. CareGiving.com 3323 W. Addison, MB 6 Chicago, IL 60618 773-343-6341, Denise - firstname.lastname@example.org www.caregiving.com
Caring Today Magazine - Has articles sharing joys and challenges of caregiving. Newsletters tailored to needs and offers advice and knowledge. www.caringtoday.com 203-542-7200 email@example.com
National Alliance For Caregiving - Focuses on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy. Members include grassroots organizations, professional associations, service organizations, disease specific organizations, government agencies, and corporations. 800-445-8106 www.caregiving.org
Today's Caregiver - Caregiver Media Group - Leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Topics include newsletters, online discussion lists, back issues of Today's Caregiver magazine. www.caregiver.com