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New to Caregiving

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Caregiving is the act of providing unpaid assistance and support to family members or acquaintances who have physical, psychological, or developmental needs. A growing number of Americans provide care for their loved ones.

If you are new to caregiving and would like some support please feel free to contact us, and we will be glad to provide you with assistance during this journey.

The following organizations offer helpful definitions of and resources related to caregiving.

                       

Caregiver.org offers comprehensive answers to many questions related to long-term care.

                       
Here's a list of resources that can assist you in finding the right care for your loved one.
Parent giving is a great resource for finding and purchasing homecare products.

Caregiver.com offers a biweekly eNewsletter with tips and helpful articles.

As our loved ones age, we are often called upon to care for and support them. University of Pennsylvania's Work and Family Researchers Network defines caregiving as being in one of three categories: instrumental, emotional, and informational caring. Your instrumental caregiving may involve shopping or cleaning for an aging parent. Your emotional caregiving likely includes listening, counseling, and companionship. And your informational caregiving may involve learning how to alter the routines or living nvironment of a loved one in the early stages of dementia.

Guiding Lights provides assistance to new caregivers, guiding them out of the darkness into the light and making their roles as caregivers more gratifying and rewarding and less overwhelming and frightening.  

If you are new to caregiving, contact us and we will be glad to provide you with assistance during this journey.