Caregivers who are supported are better able to assist their loved ones, but caregivers tend to focus on their loved one’s health and welfare and neglect their own well-being.
There are many ways caregivers can take time to care for themselves, even as they provide attention to their loved ones wants and/or needs. The following programs may be of interest.
The Maryland Family Caregiver Support
The program works in conjunction with a host of State and community-based services to create a coordinated array of supports for individuals who need them. Learn more and request more information from a local Maryland Access Point office.
Area Agencies On Aging Support Groups
Many caregivers find that talking to others who understand the challenges of being a caregiver is a very powerful way of coping. Area Agencies on Aging may offer support groups directly and can link you to available services through Maryland Access Point.
The Alzheimer’s Association
The association offers peer-or professionally led groups for caregivers, individuals living with Alzheimer’s and others dealing with the disease.
Respite can provide a much-needed break for caregivers. It may be just a few hours or several days in length and can be planned in advance or made available to assist in a crisis/emergency situation. Contact Maryland Access Point to learn about available options.
Family Caregiver Alliance
The Family Caregiver Alliance provides services to family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments.
The Hospice Foundation Of America
The Hospice Foundation of America assists those coping with terminal illness, death and grief.