Caring for the Caregiver
A part of our Live Well at Home program, Caregiver Support is an invaluable service offered by Faith in Action.
Family caregivers are also known as “informal caregivers.” They are spouses, parents, sons, daughters, grandchildren, other relatives, neighbors, or friends who come alongside a loved one to help care for them as their health declines. Most of the time these caregivers are not nurses or other professional caregivers by trade; and as the level of care increases, so does the need to learn new terminology, resources and skills. All of this can quickly become overwhelming– even for professional caregivers! …If you are a family caregiver, we are here to help you.
One of the forms of Caregiver Support we offer at Faith in Action is professional caregiver coaching. The coaches work one on one with caregivers and their loved ones through in-home visits, providing care-planning services, support and encouragement, as well as individualized education, resources and referrals. We find it imperative to focus on the caregiver, as often the need to give increasing levels of care can take a toll on their own health status. As we care for the caregiver, it helps them to remain healthy–and able to continue providing care for their loved one.
Recent studies find 1 out 4 persons are providing care at home for a loved one. The primary goal is usually to keep our ill loved ones at home with us for as long as possible; Caregiver Support helps the caregiver to remain well enough to be able to continue coordinating and providing the care necessary to achieve that goal. Our caring professionals bring hope and encouragement to the many precious family members living in our communities who are caring for their loved ones at home. Left unsupported, they often end up feeling isolated and overwhelmed, which can often lead to depression and other illnesses or conditions.
Ways we offer Caregiver Support:
- Our coaches use the social support theory to offer affirmational, informational, educational and emotional supports
- Volunteer respite; coordinated volunteers give caregivers a break on a regular basis
- Monthly support groups
- Ongoing educational classes
- Other volunteer services; assistance with transportation, homemaking or chore services