CARING FOR CAREGIVERS

Every day, in every community around the world, people provide care for those who need it most, often altering their daily routines or putting their own lives on hold to ensure that an ill or disabled loved one has the support they need. Known as caregivers, these individuals often get little recognition or support for the work they do, but they play an essential role in securing healthcare.

While there are emotional rewards in caring for a loved one, many caregivers soon find that they themselves need support. The logistics of pursuing an education or profession while being a caregiver can lead to problems such as absenteeism and workday interruptions. These and other care-related stress factors can have an impact on a caregiver’s health and well-being, affect important relationships in their lives and even result in financial pressures.

To help support the often-overlooked needs of caregivers, these resources are available:

Caregiver Action Network serves a broad spectrum of family caregivers ranging from the parents of children with special needs, to the families and friends of wounded soldiers; from a young couple dealing with a diagnosis of MS, to adult children caring for parents with Alzheimer’s disease. CAN (the National Family Caregivers Association) is a non-profit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the US free of charge. Learn more here

The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit coalition of national organizations focusing on advancing family caregiving through research, innovation, and advocacy in the US. The Alliance conducts research, does policy analysis, develops national best-practice programs, and works to increase public awareness of family caregiving issues. Learn more here

Embracing Carers™ is a global initiative from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to increase awareness and discussion about the often-overlooked needs of caregivers. Through research, resources, outreach and awareness, Embracing Carers™ highlights the unmet needs of caregivers on a global and local level; by empowering caregivers to advocate for their own health and wellbeing, and by driving a call to action for support of caregivers. Learn more here.

This is Living with Cancer™ from Pfizer Oncology is a program that shares inspiring stories and personalized resources for cancer patients and caregivers, including information about treatment related lodging and transportation, emotional support, nutrition and more. This program also provides caregivers the opportunity to download the free LivingWith™ mobile app, designed to help manage their loved one’s life with cancer. Learn more here.