ARE YOU A FAMILY CAREGIVER?In your family, are you the person who:
- Buys groceries, cooks, cleans or does laundry for someone who needs help?
- Pays bills and attends meetings for a family member in a residential facility?
- Helps a family member get dressed, take a shower and take medicine?
- Makes medical appointments and drives someone to the doctor and drugstore?
- Stops in or calls someone on a regular basis just to make sure they are OK?
Caregivers are daughters, wives, husbands, sons, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, partners, neighbors and friends. People often become caregivers gradually over time, but the need for care-giving can also happen overnight. Most caregivers prefer to provide care to a loved one and even feel rewarded. However, over time the demands of care-giving may have a negative impact on the physical and emotional health of the caregiver.
SOME SIGNS THAT A CAREGIVER MAY NEED HELP:
• Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed • Difficulty sleeping
• Emotional and physical exhaustion • Getting sick more often
• Withdrawal from friends, family and other loved ones.
Caregivers are so busy caring for others that they tend to forget to take care of themselves.
IF YOU ARE A FAMILY CAREGIVER, THERE IS HELP FOR YOU!:The Aging and Disability Resource Center offers information on a variety of services and programs for people who provide care to a family member or other loved one.
Some of the services include:
- National Family Caregiver Support Program Respite and Supportive Services
- Alzheimer Family Caregiver Program Respite Services
- Large library of books, video tapes, and brochures to assist the caregiver
- Public Speaking
- Care Giver Events
- General Caregiver Support Group
- Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group
- Family Meetings
Contact UsPhone: (920) 467-4100
Toll free : (800) 596-1919
TTY: (920) 467-4195