Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Caring for Caregivers

If you or someone you know is caring for an aging parent or a friend who is chronically ill, you are one of 22 million people doing so – according to sources. Caregivers provide 80% of all in-home care, yet are unpaid for their volunteer activities. Here are some tips for caregivers to take care of themselves and others:

Don’t wait until it’s too late to ask for professional help from nurses, etc.
Discuss long-term solutions, such as transportation, with a parent before the need arises.
Take care of yourself, mentally and physically, so you can be the best possible caregiver.
Stay informed about medications and treatments.

The web site also provides information about personal finances, Medicare, nutrition, travel, recreation, and other valuable resources for independent living.

-- by Brad Catherman, Vice President for Gift Planning

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