“Where there is love there is no effort.” – Amma
We obviously love our people, that’s why we chose to be a caretaker. There are times when we lose sight of why we’ve decided to be a caretaker. In those moments here are a few things to remember.
- You’re not alone More than 65.7 million Americans care for their aging or disabled loved ones on a yearly basis*.
- Your work is valuable The value of the unpaid care these 65.7 million caregivers provide is estimated to be worth $450 billion*.
- You are America’s #1 long-term care provider Family caregivers provide a staggering 90% of long-term care in America.**
- You have to care for yourself If you’re not keeping yourself healthy and happy, it’s doubtful that you will be able to do your best for your loved one. Review the caregiver’s bill of rights and remember to take care of yourself.
- Help is available If you do decide that your loved one needs more than you alone can provide, Contact your PCP and ask for assistance. They can contact home healthcare agencies and respite care. Most hospitals are staffed with social workers that can direct you to other types of assistance.
- You are not alone there are many types of support groups designed to help meet the needs of caregivers. There is a monthly meeting at the Jared Neuroscience Center 7th floor of Cox South hospital in Springfield, MO. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month contact us for details.
If there isn’t a meeting in your area try searching for Caregiver support groups online.
* National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP, Caregiving in the U.S., 2004,us_caregiving_1.pdf
** Institute on Medicine, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, April 2008, Site