The lives of caregivers rarely rely on the calendar, they go on the schedule of the person we’re caring for!

Still, the beginning of a new year is a time for reflection. Here’s what our community is planning on doing this year…and what we’re hoping others will do to help us.

What are we hoping to do in 2017?

Find one week to do what I want to do when I want to do it

Take my caree out to more fun places

Help my caree to be stronger and more independent

Continue to just be…and be thankful for each day

Have more patience

Find time to be creative and make my art

Laugh more

Create and maintain healthy boundaries

Make peace with my caree’s illness

Be more active now that I am no longer a caregiver

What do we hope for all caregivers in 2017?

Lower insurance copays and lower medication costs

Better hospital discharge planning

Refundable tax credits for caregivers, like child care credits

Support from Medicaid and Medicare for in-home care

Family caregiver training

Regular respite resources covered by insurance

Social Security contributions for time spent as a caregiver

Additional in-home care aid hours covered by insurance

More volunteer respite resources

Tax deductions for mileage to and from medical appointments

Meals delivered for disabled and ill carees who are not elderly

Assistance with household cleaning and maintenance

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