A family caregiver is anyone who provides unpaid help to a disabled or elderly relative or friend. Family caregivers can also include grandparents and relatives over 60 who care for children under 18 years of age. Caregiving can be a lonely, frustrating road. Stress, frustration, guilt can be some of the normal feelings when caring for someone else's health and personal needs.
Through the Family Caregiver Support Program at Spectrum Generations we are able to offer multiple resources and educational opportunities for caregivers in our community:
The Savvy Caregiver
The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free, six-session training series for family caregivers. For most family caregivers, caregiving itself is a new role, one for which training is needed, just as you would receive training for any new job. The Savvy Caregiver Program helps caregivers better understand the changes their loved ones are experiencing, and how to best provide individualized care for their loved ones throughout the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Assuming the Role of a Caregiver
Taking on the role as a caregiver for a parent, spouse, or other loved ones can add be a stressor for caregivers. You will assume new roles such as a financial and legal advisor, nurse, and household manager. There are millions of caregivers around the country facing the same struggles and concerns. This booklet is intended to help provide you with some resources and answers to help you identify the next steps and help make your journey into caregiving easier.