16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner, and Town Hall Meeting | November 12, 2018
Save the Date!
The 16th Annual Caregiver Resource Fair, Dinner and Town Hall Meeting is November 12, 2018.
The event will be held at the Florian Gardens, 2340 Lorch Ave, Eau Claire.
Please pre-register by November 5, 2018 by calling the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (715) 839-4735 or online at www.adrcevents.org.
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Developing a Circle of Care Gives You Superpowers
Not everyone views themselves as a caregiver, but the truth of the matter is that at some point in your life you will find yourself in the role of caregiver. Perhaps it will be a friend calling for assistance when having car trouble or a child asking for a kiss after a fall. You may find yourself helping a spouse recover from surgery or an aging relative run errands.
However, it is not until one is in the role full-time or is providing personal hands-on care that they truly recognize that they are indeed a caregiver. Many times it is at this point that they find themselves, feeling stressed. Single-handedly they have been giving care, time and energy without even realizing it. That is why it is so important to include multiple hands and hearts in the caregiving of a loved one and to enlist this help as soon as possible.
Once you recognize that you are, in fact, a caregiver the next step is to realize that you cannot do it alone. Let's face it none of us are Superwoman or Superman and as much as we hate to admit it, it is impossible to be good at everything all of the time. Therefore, we must evaluate those things that we can do well for our loved one and those that we can not.
Perhaps we are extremely patient when it comes to giving our loved one their medication, but are utterly confused when it comes time to complete the insurance forms that will pay for that medication. In this instance, finding someone to help fill out those forms will save you a lot of time, effort and sanity.
Therefore, your next step in the caregiving journey is to call upon friends and family for assistance. By circling your extended family you can find out what their strengths are and how they can contribute to your loved ones care. Unfortunately, this step seems to be the hardest part of the caregiving journey, because in essence it is entails you asking for help. As result, it makes us feel that we have in some way failed our loved one.
In truth by asking for help, we are actually being Superheroes. Remember even Batman had Robin. Our sidekicks simply assist us in providing the best for our loved one in their time of need. Setting up a circle of care is easy, takes very little time and most importantly, it will help you provide the best care possible for your loved one.
This concept of caregiving can be used by anyone and
As a newly discovered caregiver of two small children; sister to a sibling suffering from mini strokes; daughter to a father with early-stage dementia; friend to friends battling cancer, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease and professional caregiver at Harbor House Memory Care I strongly urge you to begin developing your circle of care.
Even if you do not currently think of yourself as a caregiver, you never know when you might have to don your cape and use your own super powers to help a loved one in need. When you do, your circle of care will be flying right beside you!