Care Giving (family support)

Care giving is an overwhelming task, no matter what the time frame maybe. Even though it’s given in love, it is a responsibility that takes a physical and emotional toll on all the people involved. It means making a lot of decisions, jointly and/or individually, often quickly at short notice, and when emotions and feelings can’t help but get in the way. Support is important for those needing care, but also for the care givers. On going long care is among the most significant health care costs faced by seniors today. The longer we live the more likely we’ll need some type of long term care, and 65 year old’s have a 70% chance of needing some type of long term care in their future. It doesn’t have to be an ‘all or nothing’ situation. Services and options are always available, even if it involves possible moves and a financial awareness that my guide some of the required decisions. The following information/links and resources will hopefully provide guidance in deciding what balance is best for everyone and the resources that may be available near you.

Penn Memory Center, Caregiver Support

Penn Memory Center, Caregiver Class

Penn Nursing, Family Caregivers

Wharton Magazine, Wharton Startup That’s All About Care

Wharton Magazine, The Transformative Impact of the Chronic Care Act

Wharton Magazine, Caring For The Caregivers

Mayo Clinic, Caregiver stress: Tips for taking care of

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Resources for Caregivers

AARP, Care Giving, Caregiver Support