This post is dedicated to Annie, whose e-mail prompted me to think more about caregiver issues.
Being a Caregiver can be rewarding as well as challenging. Below is a list of resources to help make things easier:
From Healing Whole
Note that every Wednesday is Take a Break Day, which is very important for Caregivers. There are also a variety of posts on choice and decision making, which are not included below but may be of interest. Be sure to check through the blog to find other resources and information that may be most relevant to your situation.
• Healing the Whole Person Handout
• Caregiving: The Challenges and Ways to Deal With Them Part I: Talking Care of Self
• Caregiving: The Challenges and Ways to Deal With Them Part II: Other Suggestions and Resources
• Caregiving: The Challenges and Ways to Deal With Them Part III: We Both Have a Chronic/Serious Illness
• Getting What You Need Checklist: Checklist for those living with a chronic condition and those that care for them.
• An Answer for What Can I Do to Help
• Discharge from the Hospital
• Finding Support On-line
• Hospitalized: What Family and Friends Can Do
• They Don’t Take Care of Themselves
• Why Don’t They Respond
AARP’s Navigating the World of Caregiving
Family Caregiver Alliance
National Alliance for Caregiving
National Family Caregivers Association
Well Spouse Association: Support for Spousal Caregivers
Hard Choices for Loving People CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life Threatening Illness: Provides a resource for professionals, patients and their families regarding end of life decisions. Written by Hank Dunn, a full time chaplain at a nursing home and hospice.
Long Distance Caregiving
Caregiving from the National Library of Medicine