Supporting Family Caregivers

Family walkin on the beach As the Baby Boomer generation is aging, more seniors are aging in place in the comfort of their own homes. This means more families – approximately 34.2 million people are caregivers to aging seniors. Caregiving can be a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. Caregiver fatigue refers to the physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion as a result of caregiving. Signs of caregiver fatigue include anxiety, depression, low energy, changes in eating habits, becoming angry or irritable with your loved one, difficulty coping. It is important to schedule regular respite care for both seniors and their family caregivers. Respite care gives everyone a chance to refresh and recharge.
The following are some ways to support respite care for families:

Ask for help.

Grandmother and granddaughter hugging There are many organizations in our community that support seniors and families on the caregiver journey. Connect with your local senior center, or call Traycee for support in finding respite care.
The following are national respite organizations
ARCH National Respite Network

The ARCH National Respite Network is a service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community.
Eldercare Locator

Connects older Americans (60+) and their caregivers with the local Area Agency on Aging’s Family Caregiver Support Program, which provides respite assistance, support groups and other services for caregivers.
National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)

Senior couple having coffee NADSA is membership organization with a directory of adult day services across the country.

Take care of yourself.

Take time for yourself – ensure you have time to go to your doctor’s appointments, that you are getting enough rest, and make time for daily health practices.
Find a support group.

There is strength in numbers. Finding a support group can help you connect with others in the caregiving community and help give tips and ideas for