Iowa Family Caregiver Program - Caregiving Support for Families and Friends
Are YOU a Caregiver? Examples of caregiving may include:
- You stop by once a week to pay your dad’s bills and take him grocery shopping
- You call your friend or neighbor a few times a day to check on her and make sure she’s
- You work and take care of your live-in mother
- Your wife has Alzheimer’s and needs constant care, so you provide it
- You miss work or re-arrange your schedule to take others to appointments
There are millions of caregivers in the United States, each with their own unique
caregiving needs. Caregiving can be a balancing act, especially if you’re employed,
have other responsibilities or have health problems of your own.
You can be a caregiver without even realizing it. Most people don’t identify with caregiver –
you’re just the wife, husband, friend, son, daughter, brother, sister or grandchild.
You might not even think about what you do.
But caregiving is vitally important and support is available near you. Contact the Iowa
Family Caregiver Program today to see how we can help.
Take Time To Care For Yourself
Caregiving can impact your health and well-being.
- Educate yourself about caregiving options.
- Be open to new ideas.
- Seek support from others. Accept help when it is offered.
- Take a well-deserved break
- Take time off without feeling guilty.
- Attend to your own healthcare needs.
- Get proper rest and nutrition.
- Exercise regularly, if only for 10 minutes at a time.
- Learn and use stress-reduction techniques, e.g. meditation, prayer, yoga, Tai Chi.
- Participate in pleasant, nurturing activities, such as reading a good book, taking a warm bath.
- Seek supportive counseling when you need it, or talk to a trusted counselor, friend, or pastor.
- Attend a support group with people who are going through some of the same challenges that you are.
- Identify and acknowledge your feelings, you have a right to ALL of them.
How to Get Started
Providing care can be difficult but it can also be rewarding. We can help.
Our Options Counselors/CaregiverSpecialists, utilizing research-based assessment tools, share expert knowledge and experience to connect you with the assistance you need.
- Listen to your request or problem
- Answer questions
- Give choices of service providers in your area
- Make referrals, if you wish
The Options Counselors/CaregiverSpecialists will help you build a plan for today and…the future.
An Options Counselor/Caregiver Specialist in your area is here to help.
Call us today to learn how.