Today, family caregivers support our entire health care system by providing more than 80 percent of all the long term care services in the U.S., valued at an incredible $450 billion a year.
The toll of caregiving can be heavy. Many caregivers experience physical, psychological and financial stress, as they try to balance jobs, families and self-care with caregiving.
In an airplane, the safety instructions tell you to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. That applies to caregiving as well.
The following tips can help:
When you take care of your own needs, the person you care for will benefit too.
United Way of Northern New Jersey Caregivers Coalition works to improve the quality of life for caregivers by providing information, education, support, and advocacy. Visit us online or call 973.993.1160, x139.
About United Way of Northern New Jersey
United Way of Northern New Jersey is a non-profit organization working to improve people’s lives and strengthen communities by focusing on Education, Income, and Health. These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job; the tools needed to achieve financial stability; and good health. We lead caring communities to create long-lasting changes that transform people’s lives. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow throughout Morris, North Essex, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED. To learn more, call 908.835.3550 or visit www.UnitedWayNNJ.org.