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.
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Background checks can provide a sense of security for loved ones when they bring a caregiver into the lives of their loved one who needs assistance.
This article looks at a new study that found interactions with strangers can make people happier. Consider that a caregiver is a stranger at first, but such a relationship has the potential to make someone feel less lonely and more connected.