“When you feel weak, ill, sad, or exhausted, do not hesitate to reach out to others for help. Don’t keep bulldozing or fighting your way through until you crash or pass out. Apply the oxygen mask of loving support to yourself and breathe in the energy, healing, and inspiration of others. You will feel so much better for it in more ways than one”. – A. Michael Bloom
Caregivers and their loved ones face some of the most daunting of decisions during the caregiving journey. Many families struggle with these decisions as differences of opinion can lead to anger, family disharmony, frustration, and sadness.
There are tens of millions of Americans providing care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. Many people provide care for more than one person at a time, such as a child with special needs and an aging parent.
Family caregivers are susceptible to isolation and depression as they struggle to balance all of their household, financial, medical, and social needs for the loved ones in their care. Although they know support may be beneficial, caregivers often lack the time or money to seek beneficial resources that can ease their burden and leave them with time for self-care and renewal.
April 16th is National Health Care Decisions Day. Despite recent gains in public awareness of the need for advance care planning, studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. Without discussing and documenting care preferences, many people and their loved ones who are current or future caregivers are left vulnerable to extra challenges when a health crisis strikes.
Due to the importance of care planning and its impact on caregivers, I am partnering with Dr. Karen Wyatt, founder of End of Life University, to provide a free Caregiver Appreciation Day Webinar on Thursday, April 16th at 1pm. Together, we are going to discuss practical resources and strategies for effective care planning and provide an energy boost for caregivers in attendance. This session will be an interactive webinar. Those who attend will receive a number of caregiving resources and can get their questions answered live during the session.
Secure your free registration. A replay recording will be sent to all who register. Share with all of the caregivers in your life.