If you are a family caregiver, you may be feeling stretched beyond your limits, frustrated, and overwhelmed by the sheer responsibility on your shoulders right now.
You may even be feeling isolated, alone, scared and depressed. It’s been said that caregiving often leads us to lean into love we didn’t know possible. Remember this: you are not alone. You are part of a huge movement of family caregivers–numbering forty million Americans–who in the past 12 months have provided unpaid care to an adult. The challenges you face every day as a caregiver are shared challenges.
For guidance, information, and support in your caregiving duties, check out AARP’s Caregiving Resource Center. You’ll find a caregiver hotline (1-877-333-5885); caregiver guides and checklists on a variety of topics, including transitioning between care settings; articles such as 6 signs of caregiver burnout and 12 resources every caregiver should know about; discussion forums and expert articles on benefits, insurance, and legal and financial matters.
In addition, AARP has published Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families. You’ll find useful tips on starting the caregiving conversation with your loved ones, forming a caregiving team, making a plan, finding support, and caring for yourself.