Becoming someone’s caregiver can be overwhelming and confusing, but AARP offers resources to provide unpaid family caregivers information and support.
“Caregiving usually happens in a crisis situation and you’re thrown into it,” said Susan Williams, an associate state director of outreach and advocacy in AARP's Dallas office. “You need to find out who’s out there to support you and who does what in your community to get help."
Texas Caregiver Resource Guide
Prepare to Care: A Caregiving Planning Guide for Families is a free guide published by AARP that first-time caregivers can utilize. This guide works to inform on basic need-to-know information about what it means to take on the role of a caregiver for a loved one.
AARP has highlighted five important steps individuals should follow when becoming a caregiver:
AARP in Dallas-Fort Worth partners with other local organizations to give resources and support to members of the community aged 50 plus and their caregivers.
“We make so much more impact together than we do separately,” Williams said.
Being a loved one’s caregiver is no easy task, and it’s important for those taking up the responsibility as caregiver to make time for themselves.
“They tend to put their own needs off," said Williams. "So it’s just super important for caregivers to make sure they’re doing what they need to do to take care of themselves first and it’s easy to say but not easy to do."
Finding support and staying connected
Other AARP Guides related to Caregiving:
The AARP HomeFit Guide looks at how to make homes more age-friendly with room-by-room guides that are doable regardless of housing types and ownership status.
Texas Appleseed and AARP partnered together to create the Toolkit: Managing Someone Else’s Money in Texas to help caregivers manage money and property for their loved ones based on five different caregiver roles:
AARP works to provide many resources to caregivers because they understand it can be emotionally, physically, and financially difficult.
“[Caregiving is] an issue that’s universal, whether it’s caring for your adult children, your parents, your spouse, your friends, it’s just something we all seem to do at some point in our life and everyone needs some help,” Williams said.
Learn more about the Prepare to Care guide or see other caregiving resources AARP has for Texas families here.
-- Reported by Marina Garcia
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