The Wellness Corporation® Notifications
November is National Family Caregiver Month
Caregiving may be one of the most important roles that one undertakes in a lifetime. Like many of the important activities that we do, caregiving is not easy. The illness or disability of a loved one, oftentimes with little warning or time to prepare, can thrust the caregiver into emotional and physical overload. Caregivers, particularly those who may be juggling work, family and other responsibilities, need lots of help and support for themselves.
Working caregivers have distinctive needs and concerns. They report that they may need to modify their work schedules and miss work as a result of caregiving. They may find that their caretaking concerns distract them from their work responsibilities while they are on the job as well. As the general population ages, the number of caretakers in the work force will increase. It is estimated that by 2007, the total number of employed caregivers will reach nearly 16 million working Americans, or roughly one in ten employed workers. Some caregiver survival tips:
- Plan ahead
- Learn about available resources
- Take one day at a time
- Develop contingency plans
- Connect with others for support
- Make your health a priority
- Get enough rest and eat properly
- Make time for leisure activities
- Maintain your sense of humor
- Share your feelings
Whether you are expecting to become a caregiver or have suddenly assumed the role overnight, it is useful to know where to turn for help. For more information, visit the websites listed below.
- National Alliance for Caregiving
- Administration on Aging
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Alzheimer’s Association
Need extra help and support? Call your Employee Assistance Program. Counselors are available to provide an understanding ear, counseling referrals, and to direct you to resources in your area.
Last modified: January 22, 2009 16:10:04