In the sidebar to the left you’ll find the following topic pages under Information:
- Caregiver Websites
Links to great caregiver sites providing information, tips, education, resources, support, and assistance.
- Asking For Help
Getting help so you can take much-needed breaks is more important than you realize. Once you start getting those breaks, you’ll notice how much better you feel, both physically and mentally. This page has information and links to websites about Home Care help and Hospice in-home help. You might be surprised to find out what Hospice is really about.
Information and links. Caregiver stress and depression are dangerous and need to be acknowledged. Get help.
- Guilt/Your Heart
Guilt is a natural emotion for both the care giver and care receiver. Don’t let the guilt keep you from getting the help you need.
Once you’ve lost a loved one, especially after a long battle with an illness, you’ve entered new territory. Those of us who’ve gone before you are here to let you know that you’ll make it through.
As potent as depression, guilt, and grief; regret can be devastating.
- Sleep Aids
The different kinds of prescription, non-prescription, and homeopathic sleep aids.
- Pain Relievers
The different kinds of prescription and non-prescription pain relievers, what kind of pain they are good for, side effects, and more.
- Helpful Products
Things to make life a little easier for the caregiver or the person who is finding it more difficult to see, hear, or get around.
- Family! Siblings!!
Resources for dealing with the complications of family dynamics.
- Caring For Our Parents
Links to websites and forums.
- Caring For Our Veterans
Articles, links, videos, crisis line, and pamphlets for caregivers of wounded veterans.
- Financial Aid
Almost everyone lives paycheck-to-paycheck, and when the extra responsibility of being a family caregiver for a loved one is added to an already costly equation, you’ve got a situation that stretches way beyond anyone’s financial imagination or reality. This page has information and links. Look up your state and find out what kind of assistance is available to you.
- Wills & Trusts
Wills, Living Wills, Trusts, Living Trusts, and Power Of Attorney? If you have any assets you want to leave to loved ones or friends, you should have documents stating who, what, and how much. If you have wishes regarding how you would want to be cared for if you were unable to make your wishes known, it’s important that you make those wishes known, so the state doesn’t decide for you. If you die without a will, your heirs would have the costly and difficult job of dealing with the court system to carry out your wishes. This page addresses the differences in these documents so you can decide what’s right for you, as well as online document resources vs. finding the right lawyer.
- Home, Hospice, Assisted Living, or Special Care Unit?
One out of every four caregivers lives with the elderly or disabled relative he or she cares for. This arrangement can have many positives. But it’s not right for everyone. Take the time to consider the information on this page when deciding where your loved one will receive the best care.
- Clinical Trials
Clinical trials are sometimes thought of as a last resort, for people who have run out of treatment options. But enrolling in a clinical trial may also present patients with the opportunity to receive promising new treatments. This page has links to help you find clinical trials.
- Prevention, Treatment, Drugs, Nutrition
Links to sites that offer: information on over 24,000 prescription and over the counter medicines; help keeping track of your medications, answers about how to administer them; prevention and treatment for some common conditions; the best foods you can eat for your health.
- Caregiver Brochures
Order our caregiver brochures to help spread the word to other caregivers.
- How To Search The Internet
How to use the internet to search for conditions, symptoms, treatments, etc. Links to help you research the disease you’re dealing with: trusted and established websites and organizations, latest news, support groups.
In order for you to stay healthy yourself, it’s important that you’re aware of the serious health risks related to the medically recognized condition known as Caregiver Syndrome, or Caregiver Stress Syndrome. As you will read in our stories, many of us developed permanent health issues directly related to the stress of being a caregiver. We want you to avoid having to deal with a life-long or life-threatening illness such as High Blood Pressure, Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease or a compromised immune system (just to name a few), so I’ve compiled information, links, recommendations, and recipes to help you maintain or regain your mental and physical health during this demanding time.
When you’re caring for someone who’s very sick, you feel guilty complaining about your own health. You tell yourself you should just be grateful you aren’t dealing with anything serious. You tell yourself the symptoms you’re experiencing will go away eventually, you just have to “tough it out”. I’m not here to add to your stress, I’m just trying to make sure you’re aware of the risks, and to encourage you to take your symptoms seriously, and ask for help when you need it.
There are many options and considerations. Can your loved one stay in their own home safely? Is caring for them in your own home wise, and could you get some financial help? Could you benefit from Hospice lending a hand? Is assisted living the most health conscious and responsible decision for you and your loved one?
Knowledge is power, and the more you know about the disease you’re fighting, the better your chances of beating it. Know what your options are, and what questions to ask your doctor. Yes, it can be scary reading about your loved one’s illness. But better you than them. Some websites don’t consider your feelings, they are just intent on putting the information out there. I’ve tried to find helpful sites that will provide the best and most varied information without a lot of doom and gloom thrown in. Believe me, it’s better to do this now than to find out later that a doctor you counted on wasn’t the best person to put your trust in.
Hope, love, and friendship can be the most powerful weapons of all, and many times the people who care about you are just wishing there was some way they could help. Give them that chance, it can actually reduce some of their stress if they feel like they are doing something constructive. And if you don’t have a friend or loved one nearby to help, consider the other options out there. Getting the help you need, even for a few hours a week, could be a great boost to your physical and mental well-being.
Be well, and don’t lose heart.