Resources for Families

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November is National Family Caregivers Month and at Senior Lifestyle, we understand how difficult becoming a family caregiver can be. The Family Eldercare website notes that as Roslyn Carter once said, “There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.”

The reality of “parenting our parents” can be a sobering one, as traditional family roles change and needs evolve. Senior loved ones may feel resentful of their need for help and angry at the “intrusion” into their personal lives, siblings may feel unsure of their responsibilities in the new order of things or unprepared to take on those responsibilities, and the primary caregiver may feel overwhelmed by the entire process. While these changes can be stressful for all involved, there are resources to help navigate the family caregiver journey successfully.

Resources are readily available for family caregivers, from online support groups to books written by authors with direct experience as a family caregiver:

Providing care for a loved one is a demanding job where frustration often walks hand in hand with fulfillment, but it doesn’t have to be done in isolation and there are resources available to families dealing with the practical realities of caregiving. For more information on local resources or care available at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.

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