Where to Start?
A famous quote by Rosalyn Carter seems to sum up caregiving.
“There are only four kinds of people in the world…
Those who have been caregivers.
Those who are currently caregivers.
Those who will be caregivers,
And those who will need a caregiver.”
Life is fragile, and from time to time we all need a little extra help; some more than others. Caregiving is one of the highest forms of human connection and rewarding expressions of love in this life. Notwithstanding, it can also be a frustrating, exhausting and trying experience at times. Relationships with family and friends may suffer; your career may not receive the attention it should; you may feel you never have a moment to yourself, yet still experience feelings of guilt for neglecting other people and matters in your life; your physical and mental health may be compromised . . .
For many of us, caregiving is an opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for a loved one who has cared for us. So how can a person care for someone else and not lose themselves in the process? This will be a process that will unfold differently for everyone and for every family. Fortunately, there is help available. However, many resources go undiscovered or at least unutilized. We hope you find tips, resources, and support on this website as you continue your caregiving journey. You are not alone! The following are steps that can be taken to make the journey more tolerable - if not more enriching:
Adult Day Care and Adult Day Health are a type of respite that is covered by some Medicaid/Medicaid Waiver programs, VA Benefits, and private long-term-care insurances. In-patient respite is available as a benefit to patients who are on Medicare hospice services. Lastly, don’t forget to work with family, friends, and faith volunteers to schedule companionship visits that could provide you with some respite time.
About the Association
HHAU is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Your donations, membership, sponsporship and volunteerism are used to help support services provided by Utah's Homecare & Hospice industries to our loved ones, neighbors and friends. Thank You for your support!