November is a time to recognize family caregivers’ support, sacrifices

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and at FeedMore WNY we want to recognize and thank all the caregivers in our community who work so hard and sacrifice their time and energy to support their loved ones.

While caregiving is an extremely important job, it also can take a mental, emotional and physical toll. We have compiled tips from Erie County Department of Senior Services, The Alzheimer’s Association WNY Chapter and Caregiver Action Network to help caregivers find support and balance.

1.) Take Care of Your Own Health. It may be tempting to put your own health and well-being on the backburner, but you cannot care for your loved one if you’re feeling ill or run down. Make sure to eat right, get full nights of rest and stay on top of your own doctor’s appointments.

2.) Seek Support From Others. Remember that you are not alone. It can be helpful to talk to a counselor or other families caring for members with similar needs or illnesses. Join an online support group or one that meets in-person in your area.

3.) Let Others Help You. Make a list of ways that family, friends and neighbors can be of service and take them up on their offers to help you. Consider FeedMore WNY’s home-delivered meal program to help care for your loved one. The program provides a nutritious lunch and dinner to homebound older adults and people living with a disability.

4.) Organize Legal Documents. As a family caregiver, you may responsible for managing your loved one’s finances. Make sure you have access to important financial, medical and legal documents. Consider consulting with your bank manager or accountant to set up a good financial plan.

5.) Give Yourself A Break. It is important to schedule respite time for your own well-being. FeedMore WNY’s Meals Express Program can help provide support and peace of mind while you are seeking respite.

Caregiving is not easy, and it is important to give yourself grace. Contact our Social Work team at (716) 822-2002 to find out if FeedMore WNY’s home-delivered meal program is the right solution for your loved one!

Additional caregiving resources can be found through the links below:

Erie County Senior Services

Niagara County Office for the Aging – Caregiver Resources

Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging – Caregiver Services

Chautauqua County Office for the Aging – Caregiver Support Services