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Caring for the Caregiver

Caring for Grandma

Amy Mlot

Caring for the Caregiver

Have you had to quit your job or reduce your hours at work to care for a family member?

Is your family member uncomfortable at the thought of having a stranger come into his/her home to help with personal cares?

Are you contemplating moving your family member to an assisted living environment because of the amount of time you are spending away from work caring for your family member?

At Society's Assets, we hear these concerns on a daily basis. We understand how hard you work and the sacrifices you have to make to keep your loved one at home. If you are one of the more than 70 million people who provide unpaid care to a family member, you know that using all that time and energy can be stressful. If you need financial support to continue with the care you are providing, consider looking into being paid for being a family caregiver. There are a few programs that will pay family caregivers.

  • You may be able to be paid as a family caregiver if you are caring for someone who is eligible for Medicaid or Family Care.
  • Veterans benefits also offer its eligible vets a variety of supportive health and financial programs including hiring a spouse through a home care agency.
  • If your loved one has a long-term care insurance policy that pays for home care, you may be able to get paid through a certified home care agency.

Studies have shown that because caregiver stress has serious side effects, such as depression and heart disease, it is important that caregivers seek support. Caregivers are often so busy caring for others that they tend to neglect their own emotional, physical and spiritual health. This all matters, not only for the sake of the caregiver but also for the sake of the cared for. If becoming a paid caregiver could help ease the financial strain on your family even just a little, contact Society's Assets today to learn more.

When you provide care to a loved one, you are offering a priceless gift. Always remember you are not alone.

Amy Mlot is the Public Relations Director of Society's Assets, Inc. Society's Assets is an independent Living Center serving the counties of Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Rock and Jefferson. To learn more about services offered or to find out if you could get paid to provide care to a family member, call (800) 378-9128.