Some days life can be challenging. And when multiple roles are trying to be balanced–spouse/partner, parent, worker, friend–with caring for an older adult, it can be even more so. While many people reject the title ‘caregiver’, we see that you are stepping up when and how you need to, even when it gets beyond hard. Whether you identify as a caregiver or not, we have a free and confidential program that can help.
Can You Relate?
Are You a Family Caregiver?
- Helping with Housekeeping
- Providing or arranging transportation
- Friendly visits to check in
- Managing finances and helping to make important life decisions
What is Next Shift?
Innovative and holistic programming designed for family caregivers that looks at the whole person. An aging care professional will meet with you to develop a personalized plan that fits what you need. Areas of assistance might include:
- Connecting to community resources (legal and financial services, transportation, in-home care, housing options)
- Healthy outlets for relieving caregiver stress and finding time for you
- Long-term care planning to ensure the best outcome for your care recipient
- Family mediation
- Education about your care recipient’s condition and needs
- Grief and loss counseling
Next Shift also offers creative and interesting classes and workshops designed to meet family caregiver’s needs, at a time that is right for you.
- Offerings on weekends, evenings & online
- Classes for the whole body–creativity, social connections, education and lifelong learning
Get the Support You Need
Unpaid family caregiving is an activity that knows no bounds—it cuts across all ages, genders, race/ethnicities, incomes and relationship types. According to the 2015 Caregiving in the US report conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, approximately 34.2 million individuals provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the prior 12 months.
However, few people identify themselves as a caregiver. Most often, the responsibilities you take on as a caregiver simply seem like things any good spouse, son/daughter, sibling or friend would do. But failing to recognize yourself as a caregiver can add additional stress to your life and greatly impact your health and well-being. Research continues to find that caregivers who do not access supportive services are more likely to experience depression, difficulty sleeping, fatigue and challenges balancing work and home life.
Still not sure you qualify as a caregiver? Contact us to find out!