Having support that you can count on as a caregiver can help you to do more and to give more. Your own support system might be made up of all of these types of support or only one. It’s whatever works for you and for your situation. If you don’t allow yourself to lean on others now and then, you might eventually need to step away from caregiving.
Caregiver support groups are made up of people just like you. They’ve been where you are and they’ve needed a friend who understood, too. If you’ve not found a group yet that you want to join, you might want to consider attending a few meetings. If that feels too difficult or too vulnerable, consider using online support groups instead. You’ll still get support from other caregivers, but you can feel a little less anxious about the process.
Friends and Family.
Your friends and family would probably love to be there for you, but if you don’t open up to them, they don’t know what you need. Some of them may have their own experience as caregivers, which can be incredibly valuable. Even if they don’t know exactly where you’re coming from, they care about you and can be a tremendous source of support for you.
At Your Church.
Religious leaders can also be very supportive of you and of what you need as a caregiver. Some churches may even host their own caregiver support groups that you can join if you’re a member of the church. This can be a powerful way for you to blend your faith with your needs.
Counselors and Therapists.
In so many situations, caregiving can be made more difficult because of your relationship with your aging adult. Because of that, you might feel more comfortable working with a therapist or a counselor one-on-one in order to work through what’s been going on with you. Counseling can give you tailored tools that you can use on a daily basis.
Local agencies that help the elderly can also help you as a caregiver. They can put you in touch with resources such as therapists who specialize in helping caregivers or support groups. You can also talk to your own doctor about how caregiving is affecting you and get a lead on where to turn for additional help. You don’t have to go through all of this alone.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Turlock, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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