Family Caregiving Support: Are you caring for a parent, spouse, or sick relative?
Do you provide physical or financial support, transportation, or help with chores around the house? Families play such a significant role in the medical and personal care required by our frail older family members and friends. In fact, families provide 80 to 90 percent of their care. Nearly one in four households are involved in providing physical and emotional assistance to older relatives and friends and the number of households providing caregiving has tripled in the last decade.
Increasing life spans with better management of chronic health conditions, shorter hospital stays, and fewer homecare services have increased the caregiving responsibilities of families. Family caregivers are being asked to take on greater burdens for longer periods of time. These increased responsibilities can result in major health complications for the caregiver including high levels of stress, depression, exhaustion, reduced immune response, and poor physical health. In addition, most family caregivers are not prepared to be caregivers and provide care with little or no support.
Support is available for the family caregiver
Support is just a call away. Call the Family Caregiver Specialists at Elderbridge Agency on Aging at 1-800-243-0678. The Family Caregiver Specialists are trained to provide support services such as information and assistance, counseling, caregiving education/training, and access to respite, home modifications or assistive devices.
Family Caregivers who don't know where to turn for help, can call Elderbridge for information and assistance. Studies show that people seeking services call seven or eight phone numbers before finding the right one, or they give up before getting the help they need. Calling the Elderbridge Family Caregiver Support Program at 1-800-243-0678 or by using the free online Iowa Family Caregiver database can eliminate guessing and misdirected calls. Elderbridge’s goal is to provide caregivers with the support services they need in order to remain healthy, improve their caregiving skills, and remain in their caregiving role.