Each year, more and more people are caring for loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or the effects of old age. The Caregiver Action Network reports that as many as 90 million people in the United States have taken on the role of caregiver, with two out of every five adults being caregivers in some way, shape or form.
November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. Each year, the caregiver population grows as more and more people take on the role and devote themselves to helping loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or who are struggling with the effects of age.
The physical and emotional stress of caregiving can be huge. If you have a friend or loved one who has taken on the role of caregiver, take some time out this month to recognize them for their compassion. Here are a few suggestions that may help you recognize the caregiver in your life:
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in addition to National Caregiver Month. In the United States alone there are estimated to be more than 15 million Alzheimers and Dementia caregivers.
As cooler weather moves in and temperatures drop around this time of year, many people begin to see a change in themselves and their mood. For a large part of the population, the holiday season and change in season brings a sense of joy and excitement for the impending holidays. But for some, it can bring a decrease in energy, moodiness, and feelings of depression.
When someone is dealing with an injury or chronic illness, friends and family want to help out but often don't know how. A big issue that comes up consistently is transportation to and from medical appointments. We think of sending comfort food or flowers and they are wonderful, but in addition to your thoughtful gift, the practicality of driving a patient to the doctor is often the very thing needed. Many patients are willing to pay for gas because they simply are not able to safely maneuver the highways. So, in addition to offering a dish to save kitchen time, offe
Want to brighten up your sick friend's day? Give them an in-home spa day. Chronically ill or injured ladies of all ages often can't get out to enjoy the fruits of a commercial spa but grooming needs still abound. Pack a nice basket of comfort food, gather your polishes and creams and go over for quality time and lots of laughs. When someone is sick, they feel frumpy and drab. The TLC shown when pampering someone is priceless. Also, people often limit touching an ill person because they are afraid it will cause discomfort. On the contrary, touch is v
Summertime is upon us and is a great season to reach out! The heat and longer days give people the opportunity to take trips and celebrate with one another, but some can't experience the sunshine due to illness or injury. Sending a meal gift from Get Well Meal is a great opportunity to access some of your remote friends and loved ones this season.
Often times, caregivers take on their caregiving role by themselves. Although they may get the occasional "let me know how I can help" from friends and family, it can be difficult to request help with a specific task for fear that you may be asking people to go out of their way to assist you. Don't be afraid to ask for help! There are many ways that friends and family can help a caregiver which will allow you to have a good balance with your own personal life.
Here are some ideas of how friends and family can help you with your caregiving role:
The holidays can be stressful even for those of us in great health, so imagine how overwhelming this time of year can be for those struggling with physical ailments.
If your loved one has been ill or injured and has spent significant time in the hospital, it can be a difficult thing to return home and get back into the swing of things. There are several ways you can help out, but we've listed a few here, just to get you started.
1. Offer to bring them home. The first struggle is getting home. Depending on their illness or medication, they may not be able to drive, so giving them a lift is just one less thing they have to worry about.