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
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