ARE YOU A FAMILY CAREGIVER?
In your family, are you the person who:
- Buys groceries, cooks, cleans or does laundry for someone who needs help?
- Pays bills and attends meetings for a family member in a residential facility?
- Helps a family member get dressed, take a shower and take medicine?
- Makes medical appointments and drives someone to the doctor and drugstore?
- Stops in or calls someone on a regular basis just to make sure they are OK?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you are a family caregiver!
Caregivers are daughters, wives, husbands, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, partners, neighbors and friends. People often become caregivers gradually over time, but the need for care-giving can also happen overnight. Most caregivers prefer to provide care to a loved one and even feel rewarded. However, over time the demands of care-giving may have a negative impact on the physical and emotional health of the caregiver.
SOME SIGNS THAT A CAREGIVER MAY NEED HELP:
Caregivers are so busy caring for others that they tend to forget to take care of themselves.
IF YOU ARE A FAMILY CAREGIVER, THERE IS HELP FOR YOU:
The Aging and Disability Resource Center offers information on a variety of services and programs for people who provide care to a family member or other loved one.
Some of the services include:
- National Family Caregiver Support Program Respite and Supportive Services
- Alzheimer Family Caregiver Program Respite Services
- Large library of books, video tapes, and brochures to assist the caregiver
- Public Speaking
- Care Giver Events
- General Caregiver Support Group
- Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
- Family Meetings
Contact Us:Phone: (920) 467-4100
Toll free : (800) 596-1919
TTY: (920) 467-4195