Do You Know How You Can Support Family Caregivers?

An older adult and a caregiver stare into the distance, knowing it’s important to support family caregivers.
Golden Harmony offers services to help support family caregivers.

 

It’s not uncommon for family caregivers to start to feel invisible. When your priority is caring for someone else, your needs often become overshadowed. A recent listening session, however, allowed family caregivers to speak openly and honestly about the best ways to support family caregivers—and the results may surprise you. Here are some of the key findings and insights gleaned from these sessions.

  • Monetary Support: Caring for a family member often weighs on finances. Listening sessions highlighted the need for financial support programs and help with navigating insurance coverage and government benefits. Many caregivers also expressed concerns about the long-term financial impact of caregiving on their own retirement savings and future financial security. Addressing financial concerns is essential to alleviate stress and ensure that caregivers can focus on providing quality care without worrying about their financial well-being.
  • Respite Care: The truth is that caregiving doesn’t make room for balance. Many caregivers expressed the importance of having opportunities for respite care, allowing them to take breaks and recharge. Whether it is through professional respite care services or support from family and friends, having time for self-care is crucial for preventing burnout and maintaining overall well-being. Respite care not only benefits caregivers but also improves the quality of care provided to their loved ones by ensuring caregivers are well-rested and rejuvenated.
  • Emotional Support: One of the biggest ways to support family caregivers is through emotional support. Caring for a family member can be emotionally taxing, leading to feelings of anxiety, stress, and isolation. Listening sessions found that caregivers greatly benefit from having a support system in place, whether it is through peer support groups, counseling services, or just having someone to talk to who understands their journey. It’s crucial to realize that caregivers need avenues to express their emotions and concerns without judgment, permitting them to reduce some of the emotional weight they carry.
  • Access to Information and Resources: Working through our intricate healthcare system does not come with a roadmap, and that can be overwhelming for family caregivers. Access to reliable resources and information is crucial for effectively caring for their loved ones. From understanding health issues to accessing community services and financial assistance, caregivers expressed the need for readily available information tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. At Golden Harmony, we’re happy to provide comprehensive resources and guidance to caregivers, empowering them to make informed decisions and navigate the healthcare landscape with confidence.

At Golden Harmony, we hear you—and we’re here for you! We design our care services to help you take the breaks you need from caring from someone else so that you can care for yourself. We understand the challenges family caregivers face and are dedicated to providing support that meets your unique needs. Whether you need assistance with accessing information, finding resources, or taking a much-needed break, we are here to help. Contact us online at 919-426-7522 for more information on our respite care services in Raleigh, Cary, and Wake Forest, as well as the surrounding areas. Remember, you aren’t alone on this journey—we’re here to support you every step of the way.