You can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself. To keep yourself well, you need to reach out to others for advice, support, community and respite from your caregiving duties.
The Family Caregiver Alliance and the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) provide comprehensive resources for people caring for the elderly, chronically ill or disabled. These resources include:
- Online forums and discussion groups for caregivers
- Connections to state and local caregiver support
- Literature on topics relevant to caregivers
- Caregivers' stories
Caring From a Distance provides excellent caregiver resources, emphasizing topics relevant to long-distance caregivers, such as how to prepare for a visit with your elder and how to identify a support system in your elder's home community.
Lotsa Helping Hands provides an online tool for creating a community of support for your elder and helping you find respite care.
Medicare's caregiver resource includes practical information such as how to enroll your elder in Medicare, what Medicare covers and how to file a claim.
People caring for chronically ill spouses or partners of any age can also find information and support at the Well Spouse Association, including links to Well Spouse support groups across the country.
To connect with other caregivers in the Northampton area, call (413) 582-2722 to find out about Cooley Dickinson Hospital's free, weekly caregivers support group.