Reducing the Stress of Caring for Family Members
“There are only four kinds of people in the world- those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.”
The Community Foundation’s Caregiver Support Initiative is aimed at addressing the needs of unpaid family caregivers to seniors in Washoe County. As our community continues to age, it is crucial that we address the needs of the caregivers who play the important role of keeping our seniors healthy and happy. Caregivers are often overlooked, but through this initiative, we have listened to, learned from, and worked with caregivers to help create tools to alleviate some of the stress that caregiving brings. Over the last year, the Caregiver Support Initiative created an online resource database and a caregiver guidebook. Both these aids are now available for free in our community!
WashoeCaregivers.org is the most extensive resource database our community has for caregivers and seniors. It lists over 300 useful community and national resources that are easily searchable and broken up into categories.
In addition to connecting caregivers with local resources, WashoeCaregivers.org also provides information about common questions that caregivers have, downloadable documents that caregivers may need, and a community blog for caregivers to share their personal experiences. The site is designed to be easy to navigate for all ages and has been tested by local caregivers. This resource database will be kept up-to-date and the information for each resource will be verified every six months.
Supporting Caregivers is Good Business.
60% of family caregivers work fulltime and 19% of family caregivers in Washoe County have major debt due to caregiving. We created the Caregiver Employee Toolkit to support working caregivers and demonstrate the impact of caregiving on the workforce. When caregivers are supported businesses benefit too. Our goal is to reach 50 business this year and educate human resource personnel on they can accommodate their caregiver employees. You can help us by sharing the toolkit and introducing us to human resource personnel you know.
Posts on washoecaregivers.org written for the website by local caregivers and professionals in caregiving, senior health, or social services.
December 5, 2018 – Recognizing When You Need a Break by Mary Block
The free Washoe Caregivers guidebook is designed to benefit first-time caregivers as they begin their caregiving journey. This guidebook has been written by experts and caregivers in the Reno area and covers topics involved in caregiving. Information about self-care for the caregiver, planning (financial and legal), home safety, techniques for communicating with health care professionals, and more are written in a personal, easy-to-follow style.
Washoe Caregivers: Your Guide to the Basics of Beginning Care, is FREE and will be available at hospitals, nonprofits, community centers, and online. To access the guidebook, visit WashoeCaregivers.org/Important-Documents for a downloadable version or visit the Community Foundation to pick up a printed version.
Thanks to a generous gift from Nature’s Bakery, a Spanish language version of Washoe Caregivers guidebook is available.
Everything we do is a service of love that needs to be supported.