Being a caregiver is hard work, especially if it is for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, caregiving often falls on the shoulders of a select few (often just one person) despite the number of family members and friends available – burnout is inevitable especially without backup or support.
Seek out as much help as you can get. I hope these caregiver resources prove beneficial.
Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program
A Cape Cod support group for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.
Provides an opportunity for caregivers to participate in a support group that focuses on providing education, support, and respite while the individuals with Alzheimer’s and related dementias whom they care for meet separately in a group that provides conversation and socialization.
from: Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services
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National Association for Home Care & Hospice
National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Alliance for Caregiving
Caregiver Action Network (CAN)
National Care Planning Council (NCPC)
Family Caregiving 101