Chicken Soup for
Readers caring for an ailing family member
will find support and encouragement in
these stories by others like them. Chicken
Soup for the Soul: Family Caregivers will
inspire and uplift family members who
are making sacrifices to make sure their
loved ones are well cared for.
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Chicken Soup for the
Mark Victor Hansen
A dose of inspiration for caregiving
professionals and the millions of souls
who help care for family and friends.
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Daily Comforts for Caregivers
For those who feel overwhelmed by the
day-to-day struggles of caregiving, this
charming little book offers gentle guidance
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Coping with Caregiving:
A Beginner's Guide to Caring for Your Loved
Ones without Suffering
from Caregiver Burnout
Patti Geil & Tami A. Ross
Millions of people in the United States are
serving in the role of primary caregiver for
a loved one with physical, medical, age-
related or emotional challenges. Some are
even members of the 'sandwich generation,'
caring for young children at home, even as
they deal with health issues related to their
own aging, PLUS have to care for an elderly
relative. In this guide, the authors outline
some of the best strategies for beginners
who suddenly find themselves placed in the
role of caregiver. Through learning these
strategies, they can try to avoid caregiver
burnout, which can occur if the new
caregiver does not try to maintain a good
caring, work and life balance.
Respite refers to a short time of rest or relief. It provides a break from the typical care
routine, allowing the caregiver some down time while their loved one continues to
receive care from qualified care specialists, offering new experiences to their daily
routine. Respite care can be a day service or an overnight stay, depending on the
needs of the caregiver. Day respite offers a change in scenery for your loved one,
providing different activities they may enjoy and providing you with a well-deserved
break to do something you enjoy. There are many different programs available
nationwide. Below is a listing of a few:
Share The Care: www.helpforcaregivers.org
Specializing in adult day care and respite services throughout central Florida
• Offering five locations of day programming sites in central Florida
• Partners with memory disorder clinic, which offers a thorough assessment, ensuring a
proper diagnosis in order to receive the appropriate treatment
• Local caregiver support groups
• Monthly email newsletter full of heartwarming stories and educational caregiver
• Holds an annual caregiver forum with assistance for overnight respite needs. Includes
seminars, vendor exhibits, and plenty of time to socialize with other caregivers in
similar situations, all for a very reasonable cost ($75-$120)
• Hosts appreciation brunches and other social events to help relieve the stress of
Aging Florida: www.agingflorida.com
A not-for-profit corporation dedicated to helping people aging in their home.
• Community Resource Directory, providing a list of many different services offered
in your area
• Message boards to discuss topics important to seniors
• A listing of health and wellness articles
National Adult Day Services Association: www.NADSA.org
Providing information regarding adult day services on a national and state level.
• Tips on choosing an adult day service
• Listings of adult day services in your area
Adult day care centers provide older adults an opportunity to get out of the house and
receive both mental and social stimulation. This provides the caregiver with a much-
needed break in which to attend to personal needs, or rest and relax.
Good candidates for adult day care centers are seniors who:
• Can benefit from the friendship and functional assistance a day care center offers
• May be physically or cognitively challenged but do not require 24-hour supervision
• Are in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease
• Are mobile, with the possible assistance of a cane, walker, or wheelchair
Adult day care center site visit checklist:
• Did you feel welcome?
• Were the center services and activities properly explained?
• Were you given information regarding staffing, programming, and costs?
• Is the facility clean, pleasant, and free of odor?
• Is the building and site wheelchair accessible?
• Is the furniture sturdy and comfortable?
• Are there loungers and chairs with arms for relaxation?
• Is there a quiet place in the center?
• Did the staff and participants seem cheerful and comfortable?
• Are participants involved in planning activities?
Everyone needs support. Often times, caregivers say they are looking for support from
people who "really understand because they've been there, too.” Joining a support
group offers that. It is a place, either online or at a local support group, where you can
build bonds with others in similar situations and receive the support and encouragement
Caregiver Support: www.caring.com/support-groups
Senior Support Resources specific to diagnosis and to the caregiver of the affected
• Online support groups
• Health condition information
• Caregiver wellness solution center
• Free Newsletters
Today’s Caregiver: www.caregiver.com
Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for
family and professional caregivers:
• Listings of support groups in the local area
• Weekly newsletters
• Tips on caring for your loved one
• Listing of national caregiver conferences
Online Caregiver Support: www.Caregiver.org
Family Caregiver Alliance
Nonprofit organization supporting caregivers on a national, state, and local level
• Caregiver Newsletters
• Online Support Groups
• Webinars and educational information pertaining to specific diseases and disorders
and caregiving in general.