Maintaining Life Balance as a Family Caregiver

Sep 17, 2019 | Distinctive Care

These days, many of us serve as caregivers for our children, parents, other family members, or even friends and neighbors. Often, juggling the duties of a caregiver with your own career and personal responsibilities is overwhelming. Regardless of your individual situation, you may find it difficult to manage providing care on top of the commitments of your daily life.

In order to provide the support that your loved one needs, you must prioritize taking care of yourself. Fortunately, there are more resources than ever available to help caregivers balance all the duties they face. Below is a list of a few trusted resources to help caregivers:

 Caregiver Action Network

 Contact the Caregiver Help Desk’s Care Support Team to find the information you need to navigate complex caregiving challenges. Call 1-855-CARE-640 or chat or email with an expert by visiting their website.

 Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA)

 Family Care Navigator gives state-by-state help for family caregivers and can help locate public, nonprofit, and private programs and services near you.

 AARP Family Caregiving

 Find free care guides, legal checklists, care options, and an online community that supports all types of family caregivers. Visit their website or call the support line at 1-877-333-5885.

 ElderCare Locator

 A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging can connect you to resources for older adults and their families. Visit their website or call 1-800-677-1116.

 National Respite Network & Resource Center

 The National Respite Locator identifies respite services in your community. Remember, planned short term respite can be crucial for caregivers and can help avoid the “burn out” you may feel.

 Have questions about planning for long term care for you or a family member? This website can help with information on Medicare, Medicaid, planning, facilities, in-home aging, and more.

Cumberland Trust’s Distinctive Care services support family caregivers. We work with families and their advisors to provide and coordinate specialized services. To learn more about how our Distinctive Care services can assist family caregivers, click here.