Caregiver Resources You Need to Know About

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About a quarter of US adults were providing unpaid care to loved ones in 2009, according to the CDC . That number is only expected to grow as more and more of the US 65+ population continues to climb. Unfortunately, unpaid caregiving can increase risk of financial stress, anxiety and depression, and early death , which is why it is so important for caregivers to seek help to mitigate these risks.

Not sure where to find help? You've come to the right place. Keep reading to learn more about the resources available to your family during this time.

. Find yourself in this situation (or think you will be soon)? We want you to know that while your relative's well-being is important, so too is yours. Don't neglect yourself and put self-care on the backburner. to find in-person support groups near you and connect with others who are in the same situation as you. You can also find virtual groups through the following resources:. The following mental health services may help you better navigate your day-to-day life and manage your stress levels:, so that family members can take a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Rest assured that we give our short-term residents the same level of care as our long-term care residents. That is why we offer the following amenities and services at our communities

The Best Resources for Caregivers

Many family members start their caregiving journey when their aging relative needs assistance activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing or getting dressed

Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and explore the resources below for some help. You deserve it.

Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiving can be an isolating experience, but it doesn't have to be. Peer support can sometimes be the best way to build a community and feel less alone.

You can use your local Area Agency on Aging

Caregiver Support Services

The supporter also needs support. If you are providing unpaid or informal care to a family member, the following support services may help you improve the scope and quality of your care or reduce your caregiving responsibilities:

Assistance with Health Care Costs

It's no secret that elder healthcare services in the United States are expensive. The following resources may be able to help you cover some of the costs associated with caring for someone who needs assistance with ADLs:

  • Medicaid - In some states, Medicaid may pay adult children and spouses to care for their aging loved one. You can check with your individual state's Medicaid website to see what caregiver resources are available for your family.
  • Medicare - While Medicare does not cover 24/7 skilled in-home care, it can help cover costs for part-time skilled nursing care or home health aide care for housebound individuals enrolled in Medicare Part A/Part B.

Mental Health Resources

Never neglect to explore emotional support options if you feel yourself struggling with caregiver burnout

Advocacy Groups and Legislation Proposals

Caregivers and their loved ones deserve extra support. The following advocacy groups and initiatives are working towards improving the caregiving landscape in the United States:

Support from Monarch

We want to make life easier for not just older adults, but also their family caregivers. That is why we offer Short-term respite care services

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