The majority of care provided to a loved one is usually provided by only one person, no matter how many people make up the family.
If the family cannot take on all of the caregiving responsibilities, there are a number of resources and services caregivers can utilize:
- Lotsa Helping Hands – this service allows you to post a request for help and then matches you with volunteers that can do so.
- Home Instead Senior Care – this is one of many caregiving agencies that send someone to help with meal preparation, errand-running and housekeeping for an hourly rate at about $18-24.
- www.care.com – this website provides contact information to nonmedical caregivers in your area.
- www.aginglifecare.org – this website generates contact information to various geriatric care managers in your area.
Whether you are planning ahead for a potential care event or know/are someone who is already providing care to a loved one, these are valuable resources that can ease the immense stress that comes from this act of love called caregiving.