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How to find caregiving resources
When it comes to caring for a loved one, most families don't have a plan until there is a problem. But as many working caregivers have discovered, the stress of making caregiving arrangements in crisis mode can be overwhelming. Many caregivers try to go it alone but caregiving does not need to be a “DIY” process.
Talk with your employer
It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” for a reason. Many people are caregivers for elderly parents as well as for young children so this is not an unusual problem for workers and many employers provide family-friendly policies.
Understand the Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles certain workers to take unpaid leave for up to 12 weeks per year, without losing job security or health benefits, to care for a spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition.
Seek help and help others
Caregivers understand each other. Reach out to friends and family to find other caregivers who may be willing to share information and resources.
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) can help with many services, including Grant-Funded Caregiver Support Programs. The AARP website is also a good resource for caregiver information, including the article at this link about caregiver rights, planning, and resources: Caregiving While Working.
Did you know that Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey? So we know a thing or two about helping seniors “age in place” to avoid hospitalization and nursing homes, and also what services people need to recover from illness and surgery at home. We suggest that you learn more about our home health care services and make a plan to age at home before you have a health emergency.
Medicare and supplemental insurance often do not cover all the end-of-life care our hospice patients and caregivers need. If you would like to help, please call 1-800-WE VISIT (1-800-938-4748) or visit our Donation page.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, Warren, Somerset, and Passaic Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.
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