Almost every caregiver has heard this advice: Don’t forget to take care of yourself.
But worrying about yourself is a nearly impossible task for those who serve in one of life’s most demanding, stressful, and isolating roles. Caregiving is a tremendous act of love, but it is also the cause of crippling burnout, fatigue, and illness. While most caregivers agree that self-care is a priority, few have the time and resources to tend to their own needs. And asking for help doesn’t come easy.
This is where we step in:
Connecting people who love to give with caregivers who need help.
A one-time gift might involve the following:
- Connecting with a caregiver by sending a letter of encouragement
- Assisting with personal therapy costs
- Donation of yoga classes, gym memberships, or other health related gifts
- Housecleaning gift cards
- Grocery store gift cards
- Amazon gift cards
- Household items
- Help with bills, medical equipment, etc.
Make a gift by partnering with a caregiver whose story is compelling to you and know that you are making a difference in an intimate, meaningful way.
According to a recent report, an estimated 43.5 million adults in the United States have provided unpaid care to an adult or a child in the last 12 months. (2015 report by National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and the AARP Public Policy Institute ).
More than half of these caregivers are taking care of someone with a longterm condition (dementia, Alzheimer’s, brain injury, mental illness, etc.) and the majority are caring for a family member. Many caregivers fell into their roles involuntarily and report that their duties have caused additional physical and emotional stress in their lives. In fact, the longer a caregiver has been providing care, the more likely she or he is to report fair or poor health.
Caregiving makes it difficult to maintain employment, sustain relationships, carry out family duties, and manage personal needs. In many cases, there is no else to share the burden of duty with, and a prevailing sense of guilt exists around self-care practices that are considered “selfish” or “unnecessary.”
Caregivers are some of the most sacrificing and hardworking people among us. And they need care too.
Note that we are working toward 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.