Caring for the Caregiver: National Family Caregivers Month
In addition to National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, November is also National Family Caregivers Month.
As Barack Obama said in his 2012 Presidential Decree, the purpose of National Family Caregivers Month is “to recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.”
To acknowledge and celebrate the month, Wellist wanted to share more information about of the resources in the Boston area that can support caregivers. One organization in particular, Caregiving MetroWest, has continually impressed us both with the quality of the resources and advice and the scope of the topics that they cover.
With the help of Doug Flynn from Caregiving MetroWest, we pulled together an insider’s list of all the different ways that caregivers can receive support and information on their page. Below is a list of 5 of the best ways that caregivers can find support.
The Caregiving Chronicles Blog – The Caregiving Chronicles Blog is a staple of the CGMW site. It’s the best place to find information about upcoming events and local resources in your community, discussion about caregiving issues, and in depth Q&A style interviews with some of the leading experts in fields related to caregiving.
A Complete Guide to Caregiving: CGMW’s “Guide to Caregiving,” features practical support and emotional advice. The guide’s topics range from as step-by-step instructions on how to administer medications, to reminding caregivers to do what they can and accept what they cannot. It also features information on financial and legal planning, and definitions of medical terms that might be new for those facing a recent diagnosis.
A Quick Caregiver Pick Me Up: Alicia Rego, a CGMW Caregiver Specialist, provides quick pieces of advice, thoughts, affirmations, recipes, and quotes, for caregivers in a regularly updated new feature. It’s a great place to find brief bursts of practical advice for even the busiest caregivers.
Advice for Young Caregivers – Advice for Young Caregivers is written by BayPath Home Care Senior Manager Liz Tretiak from the perspective she’s gained as a caregiver for her parents, this new section offers advice and strategies for caregivers in their 20s and 30s who may have found themselves thrust into a role caring for a loved one much sooner than they expected.
Coming soon – Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren - This new section will be launching in next month and will have information and resources for grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren or other relatives.
Caregiving MetroWest is such an incredible resource for those of us in the Boston area and we are proud to recommend their service to all of the caregivers who come to our site looking for support.