“There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” Roselyn Carter
Caregivers can be family, friends, partners and neighbors.
No matter what their relationship is to the patient there is one truth – caregiving is emotionally difficult and physically exhausting. Your role as a caregiver can happen during a crisis or creep in slowly – almost unnoticed. Caregivers often find themselves beginning to struggle with the day to day demands and begin to realize that caregiving begins to define who you are. The caregiver’s daunting task can become as frightening as the initial diagnosis.
Hospice staff and volunteers are there to help lift up caregivers, to give them the skills to navigate their difficult journey and to give them the emotional support, coping skills and respite they need to give them comfort and to let them know they are not alone.
High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care Social Workers are supportive counselors who assist patients and families navigate through difficult times with emotional and practical support in a variety of ways through:
- supportive calls and visits to determine their needs and concerns
- short term counseling to work through emotional issues and family issues
- offering support groups
- assisting in sorting out financial issues, Medicaid, Medicare and HEAP among other services
- dealing with legal issues, advanced directives (health care proxies, living wills and power of attorney)
- care planning family conferences, nursing home options, referrals for private caregivers
- assistance with final arrangements
- access to resources such as VA benefits, Office of the Aging, HUD
- Life review and life enrichment