Are you currently the caregiver for a sick or hospitalized loved one? While you are making sure your loved one’s needs are being met, don’t neglect your own. Caregiving is a stressful and time-consuming job. You may neglect your diet, normal exercise routine and sleep needs. You may find you have little or no time to spend with friends, relax or just be by yourself for a while. But down time is important. Don’t be reluctant to ask for help in caring for your loved one. Find out more about how you can ease the stress of caregiving at the resources below.
Administration on Aging
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving
Online support groups and articles on caregiving
Duke Family Support Program at Duke University Medical Center
800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov
Help with locating aging services throughout the U.S.
http://www.medicare.gov or 800-MEDICARE
Official U.S. government site for people with Medicare
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Legal help for seniors and people with special needs
National Alliance for Caregiving
Support for family caregivers and the professionals who serve them
Caregivers Action Network
Support for caregivers of chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones