By Roz Jones
November is National Caregivers Month, and did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the US identify as a caregiver? We often think of caregivers looking after the well-being of an elderly or ill parent, but parents of children, those caring for a spouse, or even a more distant relative or loved one are caregivers too!
Have a look at this infographic from Mental Health America to learn a little more about caregivers, and know that you are not alone in your caregiving journey!
If you’re looking for more resources as a caregiver, here’s a few places to start!
- Family Caregiver Alliance – they have lots of resources, research, and events to support you as a caregiver!
- Lotsa Helping Hands – an app and website to widen the network for a loved one beyond the primary caregiver, so that everyone feels cared for!
- Caregiver Action Network – check out their Family Caregiver Toolbox!
We’ve all heard it on the news, the potentially expanded paid leave options that could be passed by congress soon. Bills like this one could help caregivers who do not otherwise have access to paid leave in order to care for themselves or a loved one, paid time off to do so. To voice your support for this legislation, you can find contact information for your representatives here!
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It’s here, I am so excited to share a new caregiver app called CircleOf….This app will allow you to surround yourself with resources and experts from your community including ME!!!! As you are looking through the app, you will see my familiar face. I’m excited about this partnership and new ways to support you as you support your loved one. Here’s the link so you can explore the app. I would love your feedback and spread the word by sharing the link to family and friends.
Medicare Open Enrollment starts October 15th!
Navigating the Medicare Open Enrollment process can be confusing and difficult your first time, and I want to help out! For caregivers and their loved ones who are in need of advice and help planning their Medicare enrollment, I’m offering a discounted counseling session for just $97! Go to https://rozjonesent.com to sign up!
Interested in making your own contribution to the Caregiver Cafe? There are guest blog spots open for November and December. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Visit http://www.rozjonesent.com for more information on addressing mental health as a caregiver and check out my upcoming book!