Caregiving – A growing issue

National Family Caregivers Month

Today, there are more than 65 million family caregivers in the U.S.

That number is expected to grow each year, and many of us will eventually become or need a caregiver at some point in our lives.

In honor of National Family Caregivers month, we’ll describe what a caregiver is and the help available to them.

Are you a caregiver?

Put simply, a caregiver provides care for another person. They often care for older adults, and people with disabilities or illnesses. Generally, there are two kinds of caregivers, paid and trained professionals and unpaid family caregivers. Most people fall under the category of family caregivers.

Family caregivers usually provide care to a child, spouse, partner, other relatives, or a friend. They do it because they love and respect that person and want to be there for them, or out of a sense of duty or loyalty.

Family caregiving can be a rewarding experience. However, depending on the level of care someone needs, it can be challenging.

Services and supports are available

If you find yourself fitting the definition of a family caregiver, you’re not alone. There are many programs available to help you. One example is an Adult Foster Care or Adult Family Care (AFC) program. This program pays eligible caregivers to provide live-in care for someone who needs full-time care. You can find more information about AFC program requirements and benefits here.

Caregiver Solutions from Boston Senior Home Care offers help to caregivers. Our Caregiver Advisors will work with you to put a caregiving plan in place. Our services include:

  • In-home support, such as light housekeeping and meal preparation
  • Respite care, adult day health, and companion services
  • Caregiver counseling, education, and training
  • Referrals to social services and supports
  • Support groups to connect with other caregivers
  • Specialized support for older adults with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s Disease
  • User-friendly technology to keep everyone connected and engaged
  • Electronic pets that look and feel like real dogs and cats to help comfort loved ones with anxiety or dementia

There’s no charge for the program and enrolling is fast and easy. If you or a caregiver you know needs support, please call 617-292-6211 or submit an online referral.

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