Caring for Your Caregiver
By Kathleen Jordan, LCSW, JFS Director of Social Services
Are you a caregiver? Most of us are at some point in our life. Sometimes we have time to prepare and gather resources, but other times, we are thrust into the caregiver role suddenly.
Caregivers take on multiple forms: a family can hire a trained person to provide care for someone in their home or can be an actual family member providing that care. Either way, caregivers provide much more than just physical care. They can offer emotional support to their care recipient and family members, transportation services, and more.
Since November is National Family Caregiver Month and Caregivers have a tendency to put the needs of others first, I would like to propose a little self-check.
- In general how satisfied are you with your life?
- During the last month have you been bothered by feeling down depressed or hopeless?
Maybe you feel like caregiving has had a negative effect on your physical health, and you are not coping well with your present situation. Or perhaps taking care of your loved one has put a strain on your family relationships or perhaps your relationship with them. Jewish Family Service of San Antonio has been working with families facing caregiving challenges for over 40 years.
If you are a caregiver who needs a little extra support, please know we are here for you. We invite you to give us a call at 210-302-6920 and set up an office consultation or an in-home evaluation to help address your specific needs.
Remember, the work you do is indispensable and you are appreciated by so many for your unwavering dedication.