How to Find Help with Caregiving Challenges
Are you watching your parent age and wondering what you can do to get them help in the home or support? Or have you already become a caregiver due to a sudden injury or illness and are drowning with little time to find help?
Figuring out how to get caregiving help can be a daunting task and there isn’t a one-stop shop to help you get sorted out. I have links on my Resource page, but wanted to also share the best places to go for support.
First Stop for Caregivers
If you are a brand-new caregiver, or have been doing it all yourself and don’t know where to look for help, here are some resources that can help.
- Benefits Check: Visit the National Council on Aging Benefits Check to find out if your parents qualify for assistance programs. You can also find an Administration on Aging office near you to contact for benefits in your own community.
- Meal Delivery: If you are struggling to ensure your parent is getting healthy meals, you can take one meal off your plate with Meals-on-Wheels. The meal is delivered at lunchtime, however, I know many seniors who save it for dinner, since that has always been their big meal of the day.
- Referrals: Whether you need a referral for transportation, caregiving or social support for your parent, their local senior center is a wealth of information. They will be able to provide information on the newest programs and in some cases, will assist with the application process.
Simplifying Caregiving Tasks
Whether you are able to hire help or you are the primary caregiver, simplifying tasks and finding shortcuts will make a huge impact on your overburdened schedule. I have shortcuts and tips in the following posts:
- My Favorite Caregiving Tips: This is a roundup of my favorite tips, shortcuts and resources to make your life easier.
- Balancing Caregiving and Work: 60% of caregivers work full-time outside the home. If you are one of them, these tips can help make it more manageable.
- Build a Support Network: If you are caring for your parents alone, you need help. Here’s how to get other family members, friends and neighbors involved so that the weight isn’t all on your shoulders.
- Balancing Caregiving Tasks with Your Family’s Needs: It can be hard to manage two households. Here’s how to make it work for your family.
- Caregiving Shortcuts: We all need ways to get through our to do lists quicker. Here are my favorite shortcuts to lighten the load.
- New Caregiver Survival Guide: Whether you are new to caregiving or an old hand, here are some tips to make your journey easier.
Caregiving can bring new challenges every day. The more equipped we are to handle the daily necessities, the easier it will be to tackle the bigger issues that come up. Do you have shortcuts that make your life easier?