During the month of Thanksgiving, it is important to recognize National Caregiver Month.
This is time to acknowledge the many individuals caring for a loved one. Through out Lenawee County there are caregivers providing daily support for those living with chronic conditions and diseases that limit their independence, no matter their age. These individuals are tasked with duties as great as comprehensive personal care to assistance with financial obligations.
While these individuals give so much of themselves, we must also recognize their support systems. Friends and family that provide emotional support, chore assistance, and even transportation are key in helping caregivers continue to be a part of their family, work, and even socialize. Please know that the smallest gift of time and conversation is helpful to the caregivers.
Employers and coworkers that allow for flexible schedules and moments to “pull things together” are appreciated beyond words. It can be emotionally exhausting to provide care and work at the same time. Patience in those moments make the difference.
Professionals that provide services and support groups are a lifeline. Without opportunities to connect with others and share the load, caregivers would not be able to carry the burden. As a caregiver slips into the role, they can often feel that they can “do it all”, but as the job gets bigger, they soon realize that they need help. This is when these resources are sought to return caregivers to be a family member and not just a caregiver. Lenawee County caregivers benefit from a vast amount of community supports. There are support groups for many chronic illnesses, agencies to support with many of applications necessary for assistance, and 2-1-1 to research much f this information. The network of these programs allow for a caregiver to access information at a much faster rate.
The Lenawee County Department on Aging encourages all those that are caregivers to embrace the assistance available to them. Utilize self-care opportunities in a manner that refuels the soul. In addition, recognize the times that you can allow the work to be done by someone else so that you may be the spouse, child, parent, loved one, if only for a short time.
Tammy Jewell, Director
Daybreak Adult Day Services
327 Erie St.
Adrian, MI 49221
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