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When providing care for a loved one, increased demands and responsibilities can interfere with a person’s ability to invest in relationships and maintain social connections.
It is not uncommon for caregivers to feel a variety of emotions and stress, including:
At a time when the need for social and emotional support is the greatest, caregivers often face feelings of isolation that jeopardize their health and well-being. Social interaction plays an important role in maintaining a caregiver’s health by providing an opportunity for communication and an outlet for emotional expression.
In some cases, opening up to family and friends can increase their support and provide for opportunities for temporary periods of respite and relief from caregiving demands.
Sources of social and emotional support can include:
The Caregivers First Initiative is a free program through Familylinks that provides support to caregivers who are caring for older adults. After completing a comprehensive assessment to identify the needs of the caregiver, a Care Coach will visit the caregiver twelve times at home or speak with them over the phone during a six-month period to provide emotional support, skills training, stress management, and education.
In order to be eligible for the program, caregivers must be:
For additional information, please contact Familylinks CFI at (412) 924-0400.