When I talk to caregivers and ask them if they are a caregiver, I typically get one of two responses: either a yes, followed by a sigh or even a knowing look of exhaustion OR they say no- I am just doing what I need to do.
So often, caregivers don't even realize they have transitioned from a spouse, a child, a friend, a neighbor, to something more. To a caregiver. All of a sudden it hits them- typically when they start to feel overwhelmed.
Being a caregiver can be an amazing experience, but often, when you are deep in the moment, it seems anything but wonderful and amazing. At FIA we are here to help! There are many ways to cope with all of the new feelings and emotions you can experience. Contact us to learn more!
Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Assumption Home in Cold Spring. Please contact our Caregiver Consultants for more information.
An educational program designed to help family caregivers (no professional caregivers, please). This program will help you take care of yourself while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.
Everyone needs a break sometimes. We offer companion services to relieve caregivers for periods of time.
This is a program that works with caregivers caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Special focus is placed on education regarding dementia and building a caregiver’s support network.
Taking care of a loved one can be difficult and it helps to talk to someone else. A caregiver consultant can provide you with useful information, help make referrals to services that can assist you with caregiving, and be a listening ear on those difficult days.
Caring for a loved one is so important. Taking care of yourself will help you provide better care.
Take time for yourself
Find a private place and spend time there daily.
Actively look for ways to involve other family members, friends, and neighbors with your loved one.
Look for community resources:
A caregiver consultant can help you identify these resources or you can call the Senior Linkage Line 1-800-333-2433 and they can inform you about options in your area.
Set reasonable goals:
Take your feelings into account. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Ask for help when needed.
Take a break:
Everyone needs time to relax and regain his/her energy for another day.
Recognize your loved one’s abilities:
People who need help also desire independence. Allow your loved on to assist in their own care whenever possible.
Call Faith in Action:
Whether you need respite care, a caregiver consultant, or simply someone to talk to, we are here to help. Call 320.348.2322, and ask to speak with a Faith in Action representative.