In some sense, most of us are caregivers. We stand up for those we love. We sit beside them when they are weak or sick. We offer words of encouragement when they are down. And in all of this, we hope that we receive the same from those who care about us. At the end of life, our families, related or of choice, provide the most critical care that they ever could.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. As we honor and recognize the importance and support family caregivers provide, this is also a time to raise awareness of family caregiver issues.
Caregiver Burnout and Support
We recognize that everyone in the family is affected by a life-limiting illness. Many caregivers experience burnout. As a caregiver, make sure that you practice self-care:
- Maintain a sense of well-being.
- Get the rest you need.
- Address your own health concerns.
- Get a break when you need one.
For more information about how we provide caregiver support, click here.
Caring for a loved one who is facing a life-limiting illness is demanding work. As a family caregiver, you can request respite care when you fell overwhelmed. There are no limits or restrictions to the reasons a caregiver may request respite care, and many do so to attend important events or simply to have a break or rest.
These short-term stays allow patients to receive appropriate, around-the-clock care and symptom management while caregivers are provided a much-needed break to tend to their own needs.
For more information about respite care, click here.
Our care team educates family caregivers about the importance of taking care of themselves while caring for their loved one.
Our social workers can help with the emotional impact of illness, caregiving, grief and bereavement, as well as assist you with practical concerns, such as insurance, advance care planning, Veteran benefits, and connections to helpful community resources.
We recognize that social wellness is an important part of the lives of our patients and families. By developing meaningful relationships and interacting with others, family caregivers can receive the emotional support needed during difficult times.
We encourage you to:
- Make connections with others.
- Take care of yourself while caring for others.
- Get active with others in your community.
- Continue to shape your family’s health habits.
- Build strong, healthy relationships.
For more information about social wellness, click here.