The Center for Family Caregivers is a place for people who are caring for a loved one to learn about and connect to helpful resources and share their emotions with caregiver coaches. Many caregivers are so caught up in the challenges of caring for someone else that they aren’t caring for themselves. Recognizing their role as a caregiver is an important step toward ensuring they are meeting their own needs as well.
It is important for friends and family of caregivers to realize that often, caregivers will not ask for help. Reaching out and offering help in concrete ways can help lighten the burden.
Ways to help caregivers include:
- Offer to be the liaison to other family members, communicating details about their loved one’s condition.
- Send a text or a card letting them know you are thinking of them, making it clear you don’t expect a response.
- Make a homemade meal for them in a container they don’t have to return.
- When you’re heading to the grocery store or pharmacy, ask if you can pick up anything for them.
- Let them know that if they are having a hard time, you are there to listen and support them.
The Center is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is located on the first floor of the hospital, steps away from the lobby. Caregiver Coaches are available to assist you in person, by phone at 609-653-3969 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.