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A Time Of Grief:
Moving Away From The Homestead
By Kristine Dwyer, LSW
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  • 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.

  • Since full-time 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 for everyone.

  • 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 Assistance Feartures

  • Information to caregivers about available services.

  • Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to supportive services.

  • Individual counseling, help in organizing support groups, and caregiver training.

  • 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.

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