Date: November 3, 2017 | Category: News
Care Connection for Aging Services is celebrating National Family Caregivers Month in November by focusing attention on the many ways that caregivers contribute 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Caregiver Action Network has adopted the 2017 theme, “Caregiving Around the Clock” to emphasize the non-stop nature of caregiving.
Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management for Care Connection, said the agency care managers and options counselors can provide important support for family caregivers.
“If you are an adult providing care for an aging parent, you may end up responsible for their finances, bill paying, health care, medication management and more,” Gunter said. “Especially if you have your own family, those tasks can become overwhelming.”
That’s why Gunter recommends that family caregivers call a care manager in their county to help guide them through the process.
“Many times, when caregivers are seeking our support, they don’t know what’s out there and available to them,” Gunter said.
Care Connection provides care management in 13 West Central counties through 23 locations. Each of the agency’s 13 counties has a care manager on staff to provide support services.
“Care managers can provide resources and services that can mean the difference between having seniors stay in their own home or moving to a nursing home for long-term care,” Gunter said. “No two people are alike, and no two cases are the same.”
Services range from moral support to information and services including respite care, in-home daily living activities, devices that help with low vision, personal emergency systems, supplies for incontinence and nutritional supplements.
As part of the Family Caregivers Month theme, the Caregiver Action Network has listed these ways in which family caregivers manage day and night:
Morning: Getting off to work. The average family caregiver is a working mother of school-aged children. Mornings mean getting the children ready for school and making sure your loved one has what he or she needs.
All Day Long: Managing medications. Up to 70 percent of the time, the family caregiver – not the patient –manages the medications.
During the Workday: Juggling caregiving and work. Six of 10 family caregivers work full- or part-time in addition to caregiving responsibilities at home. Many say they have to cut back on working hours, take a leave of absence, or quit their job.
Evening: Family time and meal time. Ensuring that you get proper nutrition will help you maintain strength, energy, stamina, and a positive attitude.
Late Night: Taking time for yourself. Late night might be the only time you get a few minutes for yourself. Make sure you rest and recharge.
The Middle of the Night: Emergency room visits. Be prepared with what you need to know and what you need to have with you.
Here are some resources on the Internet that offer webinars, online chat groups, a wealth of information, latest research and fact sheets, all available to caregivers at no cost.
• Caregiving Action Network, www.caregiveraction.org.
• Caregiver SOS, www.caregiversos.org.
• Family Caregiver Alliance-National Center on Caregiving, www.caregiver.org.
• Today’s Caregiver, https://caregiver.com/magazine