For caregivers dealing with the burden of caring for a loved one, sometimes the hardest thing to cope with is the isolation. You feel like you are all alone, having to deal with the daily tasks of preparing meals, organizing medicines and scheduling doctor’s appointments to the point where your own needs get pushed aside. It is important that caregivers take time to care for themselves as much as they care for their loved one.
Luckily Piedmont HomeHealth can help with providing respite care or home care for your loved ones, giving you time to manage your own life and be with your family.
There are also many great resources in our community to help caregivers in a variety of different ways. From support groups to senior activities, there are some great organizations right here in the Winston-Salem, N.C., area that provide all of this and more.
This organization provides help for the elderly or disabled living at home, including Meals on Wheels and the Senior Lunch Program, a help line that provides one-on-one counseling to connect you with the appropriate resources, and a library full of resources for caregivers. This program also runs the Williams Adult Day Center, where elderly can come enjoy a safe, enriching environment with nutritious meals and plenty of activities and opportunities for socialization.
This faith-based organization provides caregiver training and support group. They also offer activities including Bridge, Tai chi classes, computer workshops and Lunch ‘n Learn events, where participants get the chance to learn a variety of different topics.
Centenary United Methodist Church operates a wonderful day care program on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The church also hosts a caregiver support group that meets monthly and conducts regular workshops and seminars covering issues related to aging.
Mount Zion’s center offers a place for flexible adult day care, where you can take your loved one for a couple of hours or for the entire day.
All of these organizations provide wonderful places for you to take your loved one for care, social engagement and other activities, all under the supervision of capable, compassionate people.