Help desk for caregivers offers live support
Caring for children is stressful. Caring for elderly parents is stressful. Caring for a spouse with an illness or injury or an adult sibling with special needs is stressful. Caring for people in one or more of these categories can leave a caregiver feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and depressed.
There are local and online resources available for caregivers, but when they're in the throes of managing their loved ones while still taking care of themselves and the rest of their family, tracking down those resources can seem like a monumental task and just another thing on their to-do list.
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To help caregivers wherever they are, the Caregiver Action Network offers three ways to get immediate support: Caregivers can call the Caregiver Help Desk 855/227-3640 or visit CaregiverAction.org to email or participate in a live chat. The live chat is available daily from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. (Eastern time).
When caregivers reach out in any of these ways, caregiving experts can help them find the right information and resources they need for their particular challenges. The website also offers instructional videos and helpful articles for caregivers, and includes special sections for cancer caregivers, rare disease caregivers, and employers of caregivers. Several forums are also available, with topics including dealing with medical professionals, caregiver depression, and giving care to someone with Alzheimer's.
The Caregiver Action Network, based in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit organization providing education, peer support, and resources to family caregivers across the country free of charge.