One of the biggest obstacles in caregiving is recognizing that you ARE caregiving!
Many times family members feel that what they're doing for their parent or other
relative is nothing more than what family does for each other when there's a
need. And that's true.
Running errands… picking up medications… paying bills… driving
to the doctor... arranging home care…helping to dress…regardless
of the task, it's all caregiving.
Often the assistance that's required
gradually becomes more and more until you find yourself overwhelmed with
the pressing demands from all the areas of your life – job, family,
children, after-school activities, and now, the family member you're helping.
According to a recent study*, there are over 44 million families and friends
across the country , just like you, who are providing care for another adult
over 18. That's almost 1 in 4 households. An estimated 1 million individuals
in New York City are providing some degree of care for their family member.
The Census Bureau (2000) reports
that 2.1 million children across the country are being raised by their
grandparents. In New York City, over 83,000 grandparent caregivers are
raising their grandchildren. If this sounds like you, click here.
The benefit of knowing that you are a caregiver is that you become aware that
you're not alone in the challenge of keeping your life in balance, and
that services that can help lighten the load are available.
With the development of service networks such as the National Family Caregiver
Support Program in New York City and throughout the country, caregivers can
find the help they need.
Caregiving can be filled with rewards, as well as challenges. Through this
website, you'll be able to get answers, support, practical suggestions,
and links to help in your neighborhood, making it easier for you to care.