Family Caregivers

It’s not easy being a caregiver for a family member or friend. The care, attention, and physical work required can be tiring and overwhelming. Thankfully there are tools, services and organizations to make things easier for family caregivers. Below are some things to consider.

  • Assistive Devices & Technologies
  • Caregiver Support Organizations
  • Respite Care
Assistive Devices and Technologies can make the care of a loved one much easier. From personal emergency response systems (like Lifeline) to medication dispensing systems, today’s technology can ease fear and reduce stress. Please note that the traditional emergency response system that requires the wearer to push a button in an emergency is not ideal for a person with advanced Alzheimer’s or dementia. A more advanced emergency response system is available which is able to alert a call center or loved one automatically if a fall is detected.

 

Assistive devices like walkers, shower benches, grabber tools, gait belts, pill boxes, and more can make Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) much easier. Your loved one’s Primary Care Doctor or the Registered Nurse who opens their case should be able to help identify which devices might benefit them.

 

Caregiver Support Organizations can be a great resource for family caregivers.
Caring Bridge is a place to centralize and organize the helpful activities of family, friends and neighbors during a health event. Visit http://supportplanner.caringbridge.org for more information.

 

The Veterans Administration has helpful tips and checklists that can be useful even for non-veteran families. Visit this link for information on how to prevent medication mishaps www.caregiver.va.gov/pdfs/Preventing_Medication_Mishaps.pdf, or visit the caregiver toolbox for more options www.caregiver.va.gov/toolbox_landing.asp.

 

Respite Care is relief for the regular family caregiver(s). Respite care can come in different forms including respite daycare in a facility, in-home respite care, or volunteer companion services.