By Kristine Dwyer, LSW
If a married couple
is forced to separate due to differing care needs, allow
time to grieve the change in the relationship, address
fears, and seek out opportunities for the spouse to
spend mealtime, bedtime or other quality times with
their spouse on a daily basis. Encourage the spouse who
remains at home to seek out new activities, volunteer,
return to past hobbies or renew old friendships to help
fill the empty hours of the day.
caregiving is no longer needed, time can be spent
focusing on rekindling the relationship with your loved
one that may have become strained during the caregiving
years. Reminiscing, reviewing photo albums or sharing
memories and family stories can be fulfilling activities
Join a caregiver
support group to share your feelings and receive support
from others who have had similar experiences. Write down
feelings or ideas in a journal, check out the library
for helpful reading material, find information through
the Internet or seek support from counselors,
professionals or local organizations such as the
Alzheimerís Association, Parkinsonís Disease
Organization or American Cancer Society.
Natl. Family Caregiver Support Program
Information to caregivers about available services.
Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services.
Individual counseling, help in organizing support groups, and
Respite care for family caregivers through the use of companions,
homemakers, home health aides, adult day care, and in-facility care.
Supplemental services, on a limited basis, including medical
supplies or nutritional items.
For information or support, contact your local area agency on aging
or the Administration on Aging directly at 202-619-0724.