Many people who care for a loved one, friend, or neighbor don’t think of themselves as caregivers, but if you routinely…
- bring food to a friend or family member
- listen to and reassure them
- drive them to appointments
- help with chores
- pay their bills
- run errands for them
- help with yard work
- fix their leaky faucets
- organize their medications so they can be safe
… then you are a caregiver.
Caregivers experience a great deal of stress. Common stressors include:
- activity planning
- balancing work and family responsibilities and personal time
- communicating with health care and other professionals, family
members and/or a loved one with dementia
- legal and financial concerns, including insurance coverage
- managing incontinence
- safety, including moving or lifting
- managing challenging behaviors
- making end-of-life decisions
- recruiting competent help
- selecting a home care agency, assisted living facility, or nursing home
You are not alone!
If you help care for a family member or friend, you are not alone!
Support is available through the King County Caregiver Support Network.
Services are provided for unpaid primary caregivers of older adults and adults with disabilities only.