Taking Care of the Caretaker

It isn’t easy being the caretaker for ill/elderly family members. This I know well.  When you are working or just going through your personal life, having a sounding board and support network is essential for a happy well-rounded life.   Friendships wax and wane and so can the professional relationship.  But, the good news is you don’t have to go it alone as a caretaker and you shouldn’t.  If your loved one has cancer – cancercare.org is a great organization and offers free outreach over the phone.  Their trained social workers who focus specifically on cancer care  can help you as a sounding board or offer to point you in the right direction for cancer care.  Look them up at http://www.cancercare.org

I saw this write-up in Newsday and wanted to share it with others who maybe looking for the right outlet themselves for caregiver advice:  “#The National Institute on Aging estimates that about 7 million Americans are long distance care-givers. In between the occasional visits, the long distance caregiver spends endless hours over the phone checking up and coordinating care.  The institute has published a free 48 page booklet aimed at helping long-distance caregivers not only take care of their loved ones but also take care of themselves.”

To download “So far Away: Twenty Questions and Answers About Long distance caregiving”, go to the website http://www.nia.nih.gov and type in “so far away” in the search box. Good luck.

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