Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Powerful Me – Achieving Excellence in Challenging Times
Taking care of someone else can be challenging. Taking care of yourself in the process is often harder. Caring for others is filled with many mixed and varied emotions such as feelings of love, loss, anger, affection, sadness, frustration, and guilt. It’s not uncommon for family caregivers to feel lonely and isolated.
It takes a lot of physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional energy to care for a loved one. Caregivers often experience a higher rate of stress, anxiety, and depression than those who aren’t caregivers. You’ve probably heard it before – you need to take care of yourself! That can seem overwhelming and often requires energy and support to help make some changes.
The Importance of Emotional Support
It’s important for you to feel emotionally supported. Current research is clear that those who get emotional support while care giving do far better and provide care longer than those who don’t. Family and friends, while a valuable emotional support system for some, may not always be available or particularly helpful. This is not unusual. Changing family roles, unresolved dynamics and stress brought on by your loved one’s health can strain even the best relationships.
Expanding Your Emotional Support Network
You may need more or a different kind of emotional support than your current support network can offer. What could help you feel more supported? A few hours to yourself? More information about the disease? Someone to listen to you vent without judgment? Or spending time with other caregivers? If any of these things would help you feel more supported, there is good news! The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center offers this kind of emotional support, information and knowledgeable advice.
Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups offer an opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, compare notes with others in a similar situation, a safe place to vent your feelings, and a way to feel less alone.
We can also set up respite care for you. Respite care is a service where another trained caregiver provides short-term care for a few hours to a few days for your loved one giving you some time away from care giving. Respite care can be in your home, through an adult day center, or at a residential care facility.
It only takes a phone call.
If any of these services sound interesting to you, please feel free to call us at 561-588-4545. Caring and knowledgeable staff are familiar with the caregiver support programs and services available where you live and will help you get connected with whatever works best for you. Thanks for watching today’s Monday mojo and we’ll see you again next week!