What Family Caregivers Really Need From Their Own Mouths

A woman stands behind her elderly mother out of focus, a symbol of how many people don’t focus on what family caregivers really need.

Getting to the bottom of what family caregivers really need is vital to helping them better manage and balance their lives and caregiving duties.

If you’ve ever felt invisible as a family caregiver, you’re not alone. Caring for someone you love takes center stage, and you may find that your own needs are placed on the back burner. A recent listening session, however, allowed family caregivers to speak honestly and openly about what they need—and their feedback may surprise you. Here are a few of the key insights and findings gleaned from these sessions about what family caregivers really need.

  • Financial Support: The financial implications of caregiving can be significant, frequently placing strain on family finances. Listening sessions highlighted the need for financial support programs and assistance with navigating insurance coverage and government benefits. Many caregivers also expressed concerns about the long-term financial impact of caregiving on their own retirement savings and future financial security. Addressing financial concerns is essential to alleviate stress and ensure that caregivers can focus on providing quality care without worrying about their financial well-being.
  • Access to Information and Resources: Family caregivers often find themselves navigating a complicated healthcare system without adequate guidance. Access to reliable information and resources is essential for effectively caring for their loved ones. From understanding medical conditions to accessing community services and financial assistance, caregivers expressed the need for readily available information tailored to their specific circumstances and needs. At CareWorks Health Services, we’re pleased to provide comprehensive resources and guidance to caregivers, empowering them to make informed decisions and navigate the healthcare landscape with confidence.
  • Emotional Support: One of the most prevalent needs expressed by family caregivers is the importance of emotional support. Caring for a family member can be emotionally taxing, resulting in feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation. Listening sessions revealed that caregivers greatly benefit from having a support system in place, whether it is through peer support groups, counseling services, or simply having someone to talk to who understands their journey. It’s imperative to realize that caregivers need avenues to express their emotions and concerns without judgment, allowing them to alleviate some of the emotional weight they carry.
  • Respite Care: Balancing caregiving responsibilities with other facets of life can be frustrating. Many caregivers expressed the importance of having opportunities for respite care, allowing them to take breaks and recharge. Whether it’s through professional respite care services or support from family and friends, having time for self-care is vital for maintaining overall well-being and preventing burnout. Respite care not only benefits caregivers but also improves the quality of care provided to their loved ones by ensuring caregivers are well-rested and rejuvenated.

At CareWorks Health Services, we hear you—and we are here for you! Our respite care services are designed to allow you to take necessary breaks from providing care so you can focus on self-care. We understand what family caregivers really need and are dedicated to providing support that meets your unique needs. Whether you need assistance with finding resources, accessing information, or taking a much-needed break, we’re here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (949) 859-4700 to learn more about our respite care services in Seal Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Woods, and the surrounding areas. Remember, you aren’t alone on this journey—we’re here to support you each step of the way.