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3 Ways to Help a Parent With Caregiving Responsibilities

Caring for an older family member often requires teamwork. A primary caregiver — especially a parent — may be hesitant to ask for help or a break. A few ways you can help are:

  • Provide emotional and moral support. Acknowledge how important the caregiver has been and discuss the physical and emotional effects of caregiving. Just listening may not sound like much help, but often it is.
  • Offer to arrange for respite care. Respite care will give your parent a break from caregiving responsibilities and an opportunity to care for themselves.
  • Help coordinate a move to assisted living or a nursing home. In time, the person receiving care may have to move to a residential facility. If that happens, you can help your parent by selecting a facility that fits everybody’s needs.

Find more ways you can support a parent with caregiving responsibilities.

Last Updated on August 29, 2022

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

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