I’m a Wife and a Caregiver- National Family Caregiver Support Program Assistance

Carolyn and Mark have been married for over 40 years. Five years ago, Mark was diagnosed with dementia. Since well before they received this official news, Carolyn has been caring for Mark, which has become more and more challenging  for her over the years, both mentally and physically. 
 
As both a wife and a caregiver, Carolyn is considered a “family caregiver”. A “family caregiver is anyone who provides physical and/or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home. This care may be as basic as shopping, preparing meals and driving a loved one to doctor’s appointments, or it may be as challenging as assisting with bathing and providing around-the clock care.
 
Family members are a major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that caregiving exacts a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll. Almost half of all caregivers are over age 50, making them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health, and one-third describe their own health as fair to poor.
 
The National Family Caregiver Support Program offers services for family members to help them better manage their caregiving responsibilities including counseling, training and respite care services.
 
Are you a family caregiver, like Carolyn, who is in need of information or assistance? Learn more about the programs and services that may be of assistance to you or your loved ones on the U.S. Administration on Aging website.

Caregiving can be rewarding, but it can also physically and emotionally demanding.
The Fairfax Elder Law Firm of Evan H. Farr advises that if you are a caregiver, don’t let your own needs or your health take a back seat.  Many caregivers are at the age when they are developing their own chronic issues. Be sure to take good care of the person you are caring for ­and yourself too!

Do you have a loved one who is suffering from dementia? Persons with dementia and their families face special legal and financial needs. At Farr Law Firm, P.C., we are dedicated to easing the financial and emotional burden on those suffering from dementia and their loved ones. We help protect the family’s hard-earned assets while maintaining your loved one’s comfort, dignity, and quality of life by ensuring eligibility for critical government benefits. Call us today at 703-691-1888 to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation.

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Evan H. Farr is a 4-time Best-Selling author in the field of Elder Law and Estate Planning. In addition to being one of approximately 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the Country, Evan is one of approximately 100 members of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

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