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We’ve all watched someone go through it: taking care of an ailing, elderly family member as long as possible before allowing hospice, home healthcare workers or another facility to take over.
It’s a full-time job, and it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. So much emotion is wrapped up with the heavy responsibility. It takes quite a toll, mentally and physically.
If you’re on the outside watching someone you love care for someone they love, channel your urge to help them in productive ways.
In an article for the National Caregivers Library, Suzanne Mintz, president and co-founder of the National Family Caregivers Association, lists several ways to support a family caregiver, including:
The AARP says the greatest gift you could give a caregiver is time – taking time to listen to them vent, help out with tasks or provide support so caregivers can have time for themselves.
You could also point the caregiver toward organizations offering helpful resources and information, such as the Family Caregiver Alliance, The Caregiver Space and CareGiving.com.
Learn more about home healthcare services offered by Edward-Elmhurst Health.
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