Support for Caregivers  

Caregivers

Do you frequently help an older loved-one with housekeeping, grocery shopping, errands, meal preparation, transportation, paperwork, or personal care (bathing, getting dressed)? If so, you are one of more than 50 million Americans who provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend.

Many caregivers do not identify themselves as such. They tend to see themselves as just doing what they are supposed to do as a spouse or child. However, they are more inclined to seek help and become more skilled if they identify themselves as a caregiver. 

Family caregivers often describe their lives as being on a roller coaster ride. They rise to heights of love, selflessness and sense of purpose and then slide to depths of frustration, resentment and burn-out.

They find themselves in a new world for which they are unprepared. The stress is compounded when caregivers have other responsibilities, such as children and work.

Experienced caregivers eventually learn two vital lessons:

  1. Help is available seek it out and use it.
  2. Take care of yourself, or you will be unable to take care of anyone else.

 

Where to get help

Council on Aging contracts with Catholic Charities which offers the Caregiver Support Network. We also contract with the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati which has support services for caregivers helping a loved one with dementia.

Caregivers may also contact Council on Aging to discuss eligibility for our in-home care programs, all of which offer support services for caregivers. 

Reach out to us via our Contact form, or call (513) 721-1025 to speak to one of our information and referral specialists.

Additionally, our online resource directory is full of information, resources and tips for caregivers. 

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