Taking good care of the caregiver

You are not alone.

by Julia Pauliukonis, LICSW
Social Work Coordinator
Summit ElderCare

At Summit ElderCare we use a team approach in caring for our participants - and we provide important support and help to their caregivers. Perhaps the most important advice we offer caregivers is to let them know that they are not alone. Because caregivers have so many demands on their time, we want them to know we’re a resource they can depend on. It’s all part of sharing the care. At Summit ElderCare we provide genuine help to the caregiver through simple suggestions on how to remain healthy and positive.

Being a caregiver can quickly become overwhelming. At Summit ElderCare we have programs and processes in place to ensure that caregivers have an opportunity to connect with us when they need help. Sometimes just a brief conversation between a caregiver and a member of the Summit ElderCare staff will generate practical solutions and a welcome feeling of relief. Telephone conversations can also provide immediate answers and give caregivers the help they need when they need it.

In addition to individual counseling, Summit ElderCare conducts educational programs at the center to help caregivers understand their roles as they balance their own schedules. Our monthly support group also provides a comfortable setting to come together at SE to share experiences, concerns and solutions. Participants quickly learn that they’re not alone. In fact often their questions are the same ones their peers bring to the group. We also encourage caregivers to use the time when their loved ones are at the center to do enjoyable things for themselves and to understand that they cannot do all of the work alone. We want them to avoid burnout. As caregivers, they need to understand that they are the main reason their loved ones are able to remain in the community.

Additionally, we can assist caregivers by acting as a liaison between different public agencies, such as Medicaid, and the participant. Some of the paperwork can be intimidating, and we’re able to explain it clearly and can put people at ease.

To learn more about how we can help provide important care and services for you and your loved ones, just call us at 1-508-368-9690 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You are not alone.