As the population ages, more caregiving is being provided by people who aren’t healthcare professionals. According to Mayo Clinic, about 1 in 3 adults in the United States provides care to other adults as informal caregivers.
A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need, such as an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or kūpuna. Managing the care of a family member can be stressful!
A 211 specialist recently spoke with Keanu, a first-time 211 caller, who’d been caring for an aunt with dementia alongside his sister for the past month. Overwhelmed with these new responsibilities, the siblings were at their wits’ end and needed a break. Using their zip code to find services nearby, the specialist provided details and contact information for multiple respite services and support for dementia management.
Caregiving can be rewarding; however, it is natural to feel frustrated, exhausted, alone, or sad. Caregiver stress is common. You don’t need to go it alone!
The 211 Statewide Helpline has access to thousands of local resources to support every aspect of your family’s journey. Specialists listen, provide support, and help identify the next steps for finding assistance in your area. They are like a friend you can always count on for help–available 24/7, 7 days a week. Learn five ways that you can connect with a 211 Specialist.