Helping Aging Parents Serving as a caregiver The time and energy you devote to caregiving is something we value and appreciate. We also understand that when you care for others, especially those you love, you can forget to nurture yourself. It’s important to care for the caregiver – we have compiled these resources to support you. Take a break and practice self-care According to the AARP, almost half of family caregivers are caring for someone who lives in his or her own home, while an additional 35 percent are sharing a home with the loved one they’re caring for. Whether you are running two households, or share a home with an aging parent, it can be overwhelming. Presbyterian Homes & Services recognizes the sacrifices that caregivers make to care for their aging parents at home. We also understand that sometimes they need to take a break and take time to relax, refresh and reenergize. The following services can help: Respite Care provides short-term residency and services for older adults, allowing caregivers to go on vacation or take care of their own personal needs. Some Presbyterian Homes communities offer this service as apartments are available. Adult Day Program available at Boutwells Landing, this program provides a safe and stimulating environment for seniors, allowing caregivers time during the day to work, shop, volunteer or socialize— or even just read a book! You are not alone Over 65 million people in the United States currently care for a friend or family member in any given year – that’s almost one third of the total population. Of that population, 36 percent care for aging parents. However, many people do not recognize the importance of their role, assuming that it’s just “the right thing to do.” While that might be true, identifying yourself as a caregiver can improve both your life and the life of those around you. Over 90 percent of caregivers seek out additional help and resources. If you are the primary caregiver in someone’s life, it’s important that you recognize your role and responsibility and part of that is knowing when to ask for help. Resources There are many great resources available to help you learn more about caring for your loved one. Here are a few to get you started: AARP This well-known senior advocacy group has a robust section of their website devoted to senior caregiver resources. Family Caregiver Alliance This nonprofit organization provides resources for caregivers, including online tools and forums to connect with other caregivers like you. Caregiver Action Network (CAN) Look to this organization devoted to improving the lives of caregivers of all types for a toolbox of resources to help.