For most families, caregiving for a loved one becomes a natural progression within a family unit. So much so, the National Institute of Aging reports that millions of Americans fall into a caregiver role for a friend or family member.
Whether for a spouse, parent, child, sibling, relative, friend or neighbor, we all usually find ourselves in a caregiver role at some point in our lives.
Despite being a challenging role to fill, the CDC recognizes informal or unpaid caregivers (family members or friends) as the backbone of long-term care provided to those in need.
Let’s take a deeper look into what being a caregiver involves, how to combat caregiver burnout, and what resources are available to caregivers.
Common Daily Tasks of Caregiving?
- Grocery shopping and cooking
- Cleaning the house and doing laundry
- Providing transportation for the loved one
- Schedule medical appointments and coordinate care with various medical providers
- Assist your loved one with daily activities such as dressing and bathing
- Providing emotional support to your loved one
Combating Caregiver Burnout
At Lightyear Health, we understand the physical, emotional and financial strains that often come with caring for a loved one.
With that, Lightyear Health is committed to supporting both patients and their families. If your loved one is receiving services with Lightyear Health, we are pleased to offer a Caregiver Wellness Program to support the wonderful family/friends of our patients who seek support during these challenging times.
Our Caregiver Wellness Program provides therapy services to assist in processing and coping with any experiences and/or feelings that arise.
If you are interested in enrolling in our Caregiver Wellness Program or are seeking additional caregiver services, please reach out to the Lightyear Health team – we are happy to discuss program options and your insurance coverage with you directly!
Caregiving 101 – Family Caregiver Alliance
Caregiving- National Institute on Aging