Here at Tend, we talk a lot about taking care of children but the truth is that nearly 90 million Americans engage in acts of caregiving above and beyond (and often in addition to) what needs to be done to keep our kids healthy. Elderly parents, children (both young and adult) with special needs and many other loved ones require the love and attention of a dedicated caregiver. And that is where Caregiver Action Network comes in.
As I said last week, all of these websites have done an excellent job describing themselves so I am not about to rephrase their work. Here is a portion of the ‘about’ page from Caregiver Action Network’s website:
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. CAN serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.
Caregiver Action Network Websites Targeted to Specific Caregivers:
Help for Cancer Caregivers provides information, education, and support to help cancer caregivers care for themselves and their family members. Born of a unique collaboration of organizations with the shared goal of improving health and well-being of the people who care for people with cancer, Help for Cancer Caregivers is as a stand-alone resource tailored to the oncology community.
Rare Caregivers is a comprehensive online guide that addresses the distinct needs of family caregivers of loved ones with rare diseases. Rare Caregiver’s resources provide caregivers with tips on helping their loved one as well as themselves.
CAN’s Assisting Caregiving Employees (ACE) Program helps major companies and organizations provide their caregiving employees the resources they need to help with their caregiving responsibilities so that they can remain productive and healthy employees. The program includes a dedicated website for caregivers full of tips, a caregiver stress assessment, and a caregiving assessment for the organization.
I hope if you are in need of some support, these links will be a good start.
I know we hear it a lot, but know that you are not alone. Often, reaching out for help feels like one more thing to do but it might be the most important thing you do today.