The joys and burdens of family caregiving vary from person to person and depend on the personalities, finances, history, and wellness of all parties involved. It can also vary from state to state, depending on the resources and programs available to support these volunteers.
A recent article on Caring.com looked at the differences from state to state to help people determine if they live in a place that might have laws, programs or services to help them help a loved one who needs care.
To see if your state is a good place for you to be a family caregiver, consider these factors:
If you are in a state that does not have supports like these for family caregivers, there are other options such as online training or professional in-home care services that can ease the challenges. The Homewatch CareGivers University has classes for family caregivers too, as one example. With the right back-up family caregiving can go from stressful to wonderful.
Experts tell us that grief can happen for all kinds of loss and this past spring has led to a lot of change in everyone’s life and therefore loss for people across the globe.
We are regularly creating bits of inspiration for caregivers and their families, imagining a knowing smile or even a share with a friend to laugh or shed a tear. If you see a post here that you like, click and download.
Let’s take a look at the difference between meaningful and it’s opposite, meaningless. In caregiving, it's important to create opportunities for meaningful activity.