3 Resources for Compassionate Caregivers

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Caregivers are some of the most hardworking and compassionate people, devoting themselves day in and day out to the care of others. Because caring for someone else is their top priority, it’s easy for caregivers to overlook their own mental health. Mesa Home Care Assistance, a top provider of elderly care, has collected a few resources for caregivers when they want to seek out more information or need to tend to their own mental health.

1) Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents, Third Edition: How to Help, How to Survive, by Claire Berman.
This book covers the practical issues of caregiving and geriatric specialists provide the material. Included is information on emergency response systems, adaptive clothing, exercise videos, prescription drugs, and caregiver resources. Amazon.com sells this book in paperback format for $12.02.

2) http://www.healthinaging.org
This website is sponsored by the American Geriatrics Society’s Health in Aging Foundation, and is an authoritative resource created by experts in elder care. Caregivers can access information on common diseases and disorders of older adults, and it covers special considerations for seniors with multiple health conditions. The “Ask the Expert” section features answers to common questions, and “What to Ask” gives advice on communicating with medical professionals. Of special value are “Tip Sheets” on:

  • Caregiving Issues
  • Health Conditions
  • Medications
  • Mind and Brain Health
  • Prevention
  • Safety

The site also has links to online videos, covering diabetes in seniors as well as fall prevention. And, Mesa, AZ caregivers can also perform a state search for a local geriatrics healthcare professional.

3) http://www.caregiving.com
This is an online caregiver support group. The community consists of people caring for family members and friends with a chronic illness, disease, or injury, and members of the group share their experiences through personal blogs. The community also holds special events, like “Kiss a Caregiver Day,” a “Five-Day Gratitude Challenge,” a “30-Day Organizational Challenge,” and contests featuring prize money. The lighter side of the support group features online games and quizzes. Caregivers can also watch videos, participate in classes, view webinars, and listen to podcasts.

It’s important for caregivers to remember they provide the best care for others when they’re taking care of themselves as well. One way to ensure a caregiver has enough time to tend to his or her own mental and physical health is with respite periods. An hourly or live-in caregiver in Mesa can provide family caregivers with much needed breaks. Home Care Assistance of Mesa provides caregivers with extensive training and conducts rigorous background checks to ensure your senior loved one gets the best care possible. For more information on caregivers in your area, call (480) 699-4899 to speak with a friendly Care Manager today.


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