C aregiving, whether for a loved one or professionally, can be difficult and exhausting at times. And more often than not, many caregivers do not know where to turn for help. The Council On Aging provides support, assistance and information to people caring for persons 60 years of age or older as well as to people age 60 and older who are the primary caregivers for children under the age of 18.
The types of help we offer includes:
- Assistance to assess needs and identify options
- Information about community resources and local programs
- Accessing respite care (Respite Grant)
- Access to homemaking support
Contact the Senior HelpLine:
1-802-786-5991 or 1-800-642-5119 for more information. You can also ask to have your name added to our caregiver mailing list to make sure that you receive information about any upcoming Caregiver Workshops and/or Conferences.
Preventing caregiver burnout is perhaps one of the most crucial elements of understanding when it comes to caregiving. Please see below for our top ten survival tips.
Caregiver Survival Tips:
- Plan ahead
- Learn about available resources
- Take one day at a time
- Develop contingency plans
- Accept help
- Make your health a priority
- Get enough rest and eat properly
- Make time for leisure
- Be good to yourself
- Share your feelings with others