AGING AND LONG-TERM SUPPORT ADMINISTRATION
November is National Family Caregiver Month!
Are you one of the 850,000 unpaid family caregivers in Washington State? Do you…
- help an older parent with housework or errands, trips to the doctor, or helping with medications?
- provide assistance to a spouse, partner or other family member with personal care needs or chronic conditions?
- take care of an adult with disabilities or a traumatic brain injury?
- assist a grandparent or other family member with shopping, yard work or paying the bills?
If so, you are a family caregiver - and, you need to take care of yourself. Caregiving experts compare 'self-care' to the safety instructions on an airplane – if you don't take care of yourself first, you may not be able to help your loved one…
We know that taking care of yourself is challenging. Remember, you are not alone – there are supports and services to help you!
This web page offers a wealth of information and educational resources (articles, tips, shortcuts, free publications) on a variety of caregiving topics, questions and challenges. Look through and click on the topics of interest below.
Want to talk with a real person? There are knowledgeable and caring professionals in your local community that can help connect caregivers to resources, information and services. Learn more about the Family Caregiver Support Program. At this link you will click on "Family Caregiver Support Program", then on your local county.
Find out about Powerful Tools For Caregivers, a six-week class series offering a wealth of self-care tools to reduce stress and help you with challenging situations and decisions. To find out if and when a class series will be offered near you, contact your local Family Caregiver Support Program Family Caregiver Support Program
Request a Family Caregiver Kit, which contains our Family Caregiver Handbook, contact numbers for local Family Caregiver Support Program and other useful information sharing ways to stay healthy while you're taking care of others (single Kits only). To order the Kit, send and email or call 800-422-3263.
If you are a grandparent or other relative raising children, go to http://www.dshs.wa.gov/kinshipcare to learn more about related resources and services.
Help Caring For a...
- Person with Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementia
- Mom and Dad
- Adult Who Lives Far Away (Long Distance Caregiving)
- Relative’s Child (Kinship Care)
- Person with Developmental Disabilities
Taking Care of Yourself
- The Importance of Self Care
- Caregiver Support Groups
- Managing Stress
- Respite Care
- Caregiver Training
Providing Day-To-Day Care
- Basics of Providing Care
- How A Disease Impacts Care
- Prescription Medications (help paying for, factsheets etc.)
- Working with Doctors