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Have a question you would like to pose to our staff on care issues, use of community services, caregiver programs in your state or other caregiving issues? Just e-mail us at info@caregiver.org with your question and your location and our social workers and resource specialists will respond! You can also visit our Family Care Navigator, State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers, to find resources in your state.

 

El cuidar durante una crisis (Caregiving During a Crisis) - Spanish

Los periodos de crisis provocan reacciones emocionales y físicas en todo el mundo. Después de los eventos del 11 de septiembre muchos de nosotros nos encontrábamos distraídos, inseguros o con el sentimiento que habíamos perdido el control sobre la vida. Las emergencias, aún las que son menos catastróficas que los ataques de septiembre, producen emociones conflictivas y estrés. Los individuos con demencia también responden a las emergencias y sus reacciones pueden causar más estrés para la familia y la persona que proporciona el cuidado.

Una Guia para Cuidadores

“Cuidar de uno mismo es fundamental si cuidas de un ser querido,” dijo una hija que cuida de su madre. Aunque es muy fácil decirlo, la aceptación e integración de este consejo puede ser mucho más difícil. Muchos cuidadores no tienen el tiempo para pensar en más que las tareas que les esperan cada mañana y se olvidan de incluir tiempo para sí mismos en la lista de cosas que necesitan hacer durante el día.

Contacting State Elected Officials in California

If you would like to contact your elected representative in the California legislature and need the name and address, please go to: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html for a current listing.

If you need information about general advocacy, please refer to FCA's Fact Sheet on Advocacy Tips.

Paid Family Leave Act

California's Paid Family Leave - SB 1661 (Kuehl) Ten Quick Facts

1. Beginning July 1, 2004, California workers will receive up to 6 weeks of paid leave per year to care for a new child (birth, adoption, or foster care) or seriously ill family member (parent, child, spouse, or domestic partner).

2. Workers who already pay into the existing State Disability Insurance (SDI) system will be eligible for paid family leave.

Sandwiched In - Caregivers in the Middle

Your parents are aging and need your help, and your children are not yet independent. You are a member of the "Sandwich Generation," caught between the needs of your parents and those of your children.

Should you check in on your mother who isn't feeling well, or attend your daughter's recital? Do you pick your son up from school, or take your father to his doctor's appointment? You are torn, guilt ridden, and just plain tired. You also have a child who feels abandoned and resentful.

Ask an Expert: Repeating

Dear FCA:

My husband Ted had a series of mini-strokes. He can carry on a conversation some times. But other times I've noticed that Ted gets "stuck" on a subject and tends to repeat the same thing over and over again. He could ask when dinner is 25 times or more. It's so frustrating. I don't know what to do to get through to him. If I get angry, it just seems to make him upset too. Can you offer me any advice?

Caregiving and sibling relationships: challenges and opportunities

Your mother has been diagnosed with dementia and it is clear that she can no longer live alone. You feel that an assisted living facility is the best care option, but your brother disagrees. Every conversation you have with him seems to lead to confrontation and hurt feelings….

A Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

"The care you give to yourself is the care you give to your loved one," said a caregiver. Absolutely the easiest thing for someone to say and the hardest thing to accept is the advice to take care of yourself as a caregiver. It is often hard to see beyond the care tasks that await you each morning.

Disputing Early Discharges from the Hospital

A stay in the hospital for a loved one is often a cause for concern - and even more so if your relative is to be discharged when he or she still seems ill or weak. Medicare beneficiaries can be reassured that they have the right to dispute a perceived early dis-charge from a hospital or acute care setting. A Medicare beneficiary, whether through direct Medicare or an HMO, is guaranteed the right to file an immediate appeal if the family feels the patient is not yet ready to return home or be moved to a lower level of care.

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