Coming to CareGiverStory live every week– We are proud to introduce Dara Lewis of New York, NY who has been the sole caregiver for her 68 year old mother. Dara shared with CareGiverStory Inc., ” God gave me the vision to help other caregiver’s by starting a caregiver’s prayer-line.”
We are proud to have Dara to be a blessing to all CareGiver’s both young and old. Come join us every Thursday–Call in and be blessed–and stay blessed.
Executive director & creator of The Caregiver’s Prayer-line.
Where caregivers meet, pray, and support one another.
Based in New York, NY
- Every Thursday at 9:00pm EST– 6:00pm PST
Call in 712-775-7031 — Meeting # 584-106-230
Personal message from Dara~
Yes—We all are caregiver’s to both young and old
Even if one person is the primary caregiver, caregiving is accomplished more effectively when it is a team effort. Caregiving consumes time, energy and financial resources. Relatives of a primary caregiver can make the caregiver’s life easier by providing emotional support, financial support and the support of being present so the caregiver can take some time off. The everyday care of your loved one should not be left entirely to the primary caregiver simply because this person lives closest or has volunteered. In some cases, relatives or others may live in another state or country, at a distance that makes it difficult for them to contribute care. If you’re far away, you might make a point of visiting for a week every year so the primary caregiver can take a vacation from the duties of caregiving.
In general, family caregivers are not paid to do the work. However, they often change their work schedule or even quit their job so they can be present for the ailing family member, and this can put a strain on their finances. In my own case, I eventually changed jobs, assuming the post of a sales rep in the local area and taking a sizable cut in my salary, so I could continue working and take care of my dad.
Keep in mind that the person most prone to burnout in a caregiving arrangement is the primary caregiver, which is why a caregiver deserves to be rewarded with your support in any form you can give it, including financially.
In short, it is in the best interest of a family to unite to help the caregiver and the chronically ill or dying loved one. How different family members step in at such a time to offer assistance depends on the relationship dynamics of the family. Ultimately, your role in your loved one’s care depends on many factors, not the least of which is your willingness to be involved, and your loved one’s competence in making decisions and his or her desire for your participation.
Discover the step-by-step process that will help make caregiving a family affair.
The Caregiver’s Companion
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