Caring for a loved one who has a disability – or who is frail or ill – has become increasingly complicated. Every day, moms, dads, husbands, wives, daughters, sons, friends, and neighbors are performing complex medical tasks and managing the daily needs of those dearest to them. A recent study published by AARP estimates that approximately 40 million Americans are caring for a family member, friend, or neighbor. In 2014, caregivers provided approximately 37 billion hours of care, most of which was unpaid. Caregiving is huge. And it’s only going to grow.
Whether you are caring for a child with disabilities or an older adult with dementia, one thing remains the same: if no one is taking care of YOU, the caregiver, you will likely find yourself on the receiving end of care.
Many caregivers experience feelings of isolation, frustration, resentment, and anxiety about the future. Many caregivers describe the experience of caregiving as a lonely road. Wouldn’t it be nice to at least have a road map? Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you aren’t traveling on this road alone, but with 40 million other Americans?
The Idaho Caregiver Alliance exists to help create a road map for caregivers. The mission of the Caregiver Alliance is to improve access to respite and connect caregivers with information and resources.