Caregiving is a marathon -
often long term and lifelong
According to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) finds:
- One in five U.S. families have a child with a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition
Family Caregiver Alliance finds:
- Families are the primary caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities
- 76% of these adults live at home
- In 25% of these homes the caregiver is over 60 years of age
- Elderly caregivers have a 63% higher mortality rate than their non-caregiving peers
- Caregivers have higher rates of health issues and depression than the general population
Myths and Truths
Breaking down misconceptions and fears
Myth: It is my job to provide full-time care for my loved one.
Truth: While taking full responsibility for caregiving is an honorable goal, providing full-time care takes a toll on health and wellness.
Myth: Asking others for help is a sign of weakness.
Truth: Asking for help shows self-awareness, and is good for the entire family. A stressed out caregiver impacts the health and wellness of the family.
Myth: If I access respite care for my loved one, people will judge me as a poor caregiver.
Truth: All families are encouraged to access family support and respite care. Regularly scheduled time off serves as a method of abuse prevention. Getting a break provides renewed energy and improves caregiving.
Caregiving for a loved one with a disability is hard work.
Every care giver needs a break
Even more important for those caring for someone with disabilities
Caregivers with limited family support, social or financial resources are most in need of a break