What’s Wrong With This Picture?
More and more every day, we hear from family caregivers expressing frustration, fear or hopelessness over how to care for their aging loved ones.
They just don’t know what to do.
They think they’ve “tried everything” or they just “can’t do enough” any more. Their loved one can’t make up their mind about what they want or they are resistant to any change. And, slowly, the caregiver is completely losing themselves in their role of trying to care for that parent, spouse, sibling, or friend. In turn, they lose all sense of taking care of themselves.
As professional care advocates, we are passionate about preserving family relationships and helping family caregivers take a break from their caregiver role so they can attend to their own needs once in a while. We know how important it is for both the caregiver and the one receiving care to refocus on the joy they find in each other. This is just one of the many reasons we have a full-time Caregiver Advocate on staff at Harmony Home Health.
No one should ever feel alone in their caregiving role. As Rosalyn Carter said, there are four kinds of people in the world:
- Those who have been caregivers.
- Those who are currently caregivers
- Those who will be caregivers.
- Those who will need caregivers.
More than anything, we need to encourage caregivers to recognize who they are and that they need to replenish and recharge in order to take care of themselves and their loved ones.
On Friday, November 16th, Harmony Home Health will be participating in the The New Age of Caregiving Symposium hosted by our friend and caregiving partner, Kim Linder, host of The Caregiver Hour Radio Show on WHNZ 1250 AM. She gave birth to this one-of-a-kind event last year and it has grown by leaps and bounds to be even more promising this year!
The message is clear — in order to effectively and compassionately care for others, we must do 3 things:
- Make Time to Take Care of Ourselves
- Be Educated on All Care Options
- Have Trusted Resources for Help
If you have not yet signed up to be a sponsor, registered to attend, or told a caregiver you know about this remarkable event — please take the time to do so TODAY. From the inspirational caregiver stories that will be shared, to the keynote speaker, to the breakout sessions, to the collection of vendors on site — this is an event NOT TO BE MISSED.
Respite Care is Available for Caregivers in Need so that they may attend this event.
Contact Christine at Harmony Home Health for more information (727-723-7532) or e-mail [email protected]