The longer you live in an area, the more you realize the great resources that are available to you. Most people don’t reach out when they need help because they don’t want to trouble anyone with their problems. That will lead you to the fast track to feel isolated and along. To combat caregiver burnout, you will need to do research of community resources in your area to find the services that work best for you or your loved one.Step 8: Know your Community Resources-resources

Here is a short list of resources that may help provide some useful tips and/or point you in the right direction.

Preventing Caregiver Burnout – Part of a handbook and resource guide for caregivers in Florida. Examines the signs of caregiver burnout and how to handle it. Includes tips for caregivers who are themselves challenged by age or infirmity. (Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas)

Find your Local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) – Areas Agencies on Aging (AAAs) is a network of approximately 620 organizations nationwide which serve the elderly populations (60+) of their local areas.  Most agencies serve a specific geographic area of several neighboring counties, although a few offer services statewide.

Taking Care of You: Self-Care for Family Caregivers – Learn about the effects of care giving on your own well-being, and what you can do to care for yourself. (Family Caregiver Alliance)

Feeling Empowered as a Caregiver – Tips from a care giving specialist on how to avoid bitterness and burnout by waking up to options within your reach. (AARP Magazine)

Family Care Navigator  – A state-by-state resource intended to help you locate services for family caregivers and resources for older or disabled adults. (Family Caregiver Alliance)

Resources for Caregivers of Diverse Populations and Specific Age Groups – Find links to resources for caregivers of adults, children, individuals with disabilities and mental disorders, veterans, and more. (American Psychological Association)

Respite Locator – Offers fact sheets and a national respite care directory. (Arch National Respite Network and Resource Center)

Elder Care Services Search – Directory of elder care services, including in-home and day care resources. (The U.S. Department on Aging)

Services for Seniors (PDF) – Information on services for seniors in Canada, including in-home support.  (Government of Canada)

Making Medical Decisions for Another Person. The American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging has published a how-to book to help those who must make medical decisions for another person.

If you are interested in learning more about 10 Tips on How to Prevent Caregiver Burnout, check out the links below!

  1.  Set goals, expectations and know your limits.
  2.  Understand the strength & limits of your patient.
  3.  Stay organized & Maintain a Balanced Schedule.
  4.  Engage in daily activities to promote health & wellness.
  5.  Eat healthy, maintain mindfulness, & engage in good sleep habits.
  6.  Find time for Self-Care.
  7.  Take a daily inventory of your feelings, accept and release.
  8.  Know your Community Resources.
  9.  Find a Support Group.
  10.  Ask for Help.

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