Friday, February 19, is National Caregivers Day.
Typically this day is reserved to honor health care professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care. Beyond professional caregivers there are other types too: family, independent, private, informal, and volunteer caregivers. Spouses, children, and friends often care for someone near and dear to them - regardless of their caregiver type. During times like these, the challenges of caregiving are far more complicated than ever before.
As small children we may see someone caring for or being cared for by a caregiver. By adulthood we may find ourselves in a caregiving role. The privilege that aging provides can also find us being cared for by another.
We live in an instantaneous age of where most of our needs can be met in moments. From making grocery orders from our computer screen and picking them up mere hours later, to touching a button in our pantry and reordering dog food... we have learned to forfeit waiting. That is one reason (among many) that caregiving can be complicated and stressful.
Caregivers quickly find that waiting, advocating, and staying organized are the top skills necessary to make progress for the patient. Our healthcare industry has quite a bit of catching up to do before it can anticipate our needs, help suggest solutions, and recognize patterns in care or upcoming challenges.
Thankfully there are individuals and businesses who are aware of these opportunities to improve the patient and caregiver experience. Because of their pioneering we may be better suited to support the ones who work so diligently to care for our aging loved ones.
If you are a caregiver or know someone who is, be sure to share this list of resources with them to help ease their caregiver burden!
CAREGIVER SUPPORT RESOURCES
Advocacy / Nurse Support (Local to Indiana)
Kaybee was founded by Jean Ross, MHA / BSN / RN. She realized that caregivers needed holistic help. Her team does everything they can do help with medical billing, in-person care, patient advocacy, care plans, support groups, community resources, patient transportation and accompaniment to appointments, and more! Learn more about services and how to get the unique support needed at https://kaybee.us/
"CARE" = Creating a Roadmap for Eldercare. Christie Freeze spent a portion of her career in skilled facilities and nursing homes. She saw an opportunity to help caregivers create a path to navigate elder care by providing the caregiving resources and tools for them to succeed. Second, she helps the caregiver ... mentally and emotionally by providing resources and tools to help him/her. Learn more at http://carebychristie.com/
Daughterhood was founded to support and build confidence in women who are managing their parents’ care. Their website is packed with resources - including local Daughterhood Circles where caregivers can seek solace. Learn more at https://www.daughterhood.org/
Little Red Door is a cancer agency based in Indianapolis. They offer all sorts of resources for families and patients who are managing cancer care. Whether transportation to appointments, community, or nutrition assistance is needed, they can help. For services, service area, and resources, visit Little Red Door
Podcasts / Books
Daughterhood was founded to support and build confidence in women who are managing their parents’ care. Their website is packed with resources - including podcasts, a blog, and recommended readings. Learn more at https://www.daughterhood.org/
This podcast was started by a Millennial caregiver who was caring for her cancer-ridden father. The mission - empower current caregivers on their journey and help them quickly gain knowledge. It's co-hosted by the founder of KayBee and features unique perspectives and resources. Listen at Hidden Patient or stream on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.
True Link is a tool for caregivers who are needing to throttle spend for a patient. Budgeting cash can be challenging. This takes the guesswork out of where money is going and how it's being spent. Funds are tracked while purchase limits and types can be customized! Learn more at https://www.truelinkfinancial.com/card/
Caregivers may share responsibilities even when geographically they aren't close. Caring Village makes it easy to collaborate on care. Add prescriptions, log doctor's visits, and post updates to a "village." Learn more at https://www.caringvillage.com/.
Transportation (Local to Indiana)
CICOA is tasked with empowering older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers with answers, services and support. Their services are vast and are intended to help in all aspects of care. Learn how CICOA may help ease caregiver burden at https://cicoa.org/
Little Red Door is a cancer agency based in Indianapolis. They offer all sorts of resources for families and patients who are managing cancer care. Whether transportation to appointments, community, or nutrition assistance is needed, they can help. For services, service area, and resources, visit https://www.littlereddoor.org/
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