March 12, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille


It’s easy for family caregivers to feel alone. When you’re caring for someone else, remembering to care for yourself can be difficult. A recent listening session, however, allowed family caregivers to speak openly and honestly about what they need – and the results may surprise you. Here are some of the key findings and insights gleaned from these sessions.

  • Emotional Support: One of the most pressing needs family caregivers express is for emotional support. Caring for a loved one can be emotionally taxing, leading to feelings of stress, anxiety, and isolation. Listening sessions revealed that caregivers greatly benefit from having a support system in place, whether it’s through peer support groups, counseling services, or simply having someone to talk to who understands their journey. It’s crucial to recognize that caregivers need avenues to express their emotions and concerns without judgment, allowing them to alleviate some of the emotional burden they carry.
  • Access to Resources and Information: No one teaches us how to navigate our complicated healthcare system, and it’s hard to do without guidance. Access to reliable information and resources is crucial for effectively caring for loved ones. From understanding medical conditions to accessing community services and financial assistance, caregivers expressed the need for easily accessible information tailored to their specific needs and circumstances. At At Home Independent Living, we’re happy to provide comprehensive resources and guidance to caregivers, empowering them to make informed decisions and navigate the healthcare landscape with confidence.
  • Respite Care: It’s a lot to balance other aspects of life with the responsibilities of being a family caregiver. 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 essential for preventing burnout and maintaining overall well-being. Respite care not only benefits caregivers but also enhances the quality of care provided to their loved ones by ensuring caregivers are well-rested and rejuvenated.
  • Financial Help: When caring for a family member, it’s not uncommon to find that finances are an added stressor. 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 crucial to alleviate stress and ensure that caregivers can focus on providing quality care without worrying about their financial well-being.

At At Home Independent Living, we hear you – and we’re 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 the challenges family caregivers face and are committed 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 at (315) 579-HOME (4663) to learn more about our respite care services in Syracuse, Camillus, Clay, Fayetteville, Salina, and the surrounding areas. Remember, you’re not alone on this journey – we’re here to support you every step of the way.