When and How to Say No to Caregiving

Mike Olmos by Mike Olmos | Licensed since 2010
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This article was updated on: 09/10/2018

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Close family members or friends hold millions of unpaid caregiving roles in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, there may come a time when you will have to say “no” to caregiving and have your loved one receive care from professionals.

Is it time to say no to caregiving?

How do you know when it’s time to seek more caregiver support from adult daycare, assisted living facilities, or home health-care services? Every individual or family will have to make their own decisions. At the same time, it’s fair to consider the burden that caregiving can become for families in the United States.

Consider some facts about caregiving provided by the CDC:

  • Typical caregivers spend thousands each year out of their own pockets to provide care and also have to reduce the hours they can spend at work.
  • Nearly one third of caregivers report difficulty managing emotional and physical stress
  • Over half of caregivers say their health has gotten worse due to caregiving

Certainly, no committed caregiver would leave their loved ones without proper care. However, there may be some  resources that can ease the burden. These resources can include local elder care facilities, home healthcare agencies and professionals,  and even financial assistance. The United States Commission on Aging maintains an official website at Eldercare.gov to help you find caregiving services near your home.

You can use the search form on the first page of Eldercare.gov to find all sorts of caregiver support resources in your local community. Besides the topics listed above, you can also find local information to get help with transportation, legal issues, housing and much more. You may find that your community already has the organizations that exist to support your caregiving efforts.

Medicare information for caregivers

Certainly, part of caregiving for elderly and infirm people may consist of helping them make use of their Medicare benefits. If you want to explore Medicare plan options in your town or city, I hope to assist you:

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