Finding a Caregiver

Published Mon, Jan 23 2012 11:31 AM

Wow...two blogs in one day! I was just settling down earlier to chat on line with Irene when my cell phone rang. It was one of the agencies I had been trying to reach. I just sent a message to Irene apologizing for cutting her off. I told her that to get an agency to return your call is major!

I've been trying to find a caregiver for myself in Ohio. I have a caregiver while I'm here in Arizona. For the past 2 years I've been handling my own medical care and not doing a very good job. By the time I get home from a doctor appointment, I've forgotten the diagnosis, his instructions, and if I hadn't gotten an appointment card, when the next appointment is scheduled. I call Barb, my caregiver in AZ, but I am unable to give her much information. So obviously she is unable to help me much.

I have called from one agency to agency to agency on aging to find a caregiver. Why is this so hard? The focus is on respite care for the caregiver. Of course, I know that. I took caregiving courses...I even co-taught caregiving course as a parish ministry assistant. I volunteered at the Beatitudes D.O.A.R. ViCap where they also have a program for respite care for the caregiver.

I was told to call the hospital patient advocate office. They only help the patients in the hospital.

OK so if I don't have a family member or friend who is not willing to be my caregiver, what am I to do? Well, I have a friend who is my called. She is unwilling to go to my doctor appointments and help manage my care. We won't go there. I don't want to ruin our friendship over this. How does one find a caregiver? Why has this question never been addressed? If it has been addressed, why is it so bloody hard to find the answer???

Oh my, my head is starting to hurt. I need to go quilt!

by Linda
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# Spudgrandma said on Monday, January 23, 2012 12:17 PM

I know it is hard to find sometimes. We were lucky as my husband's cousin was able to care for me when I was taking radiation. When she went to work, my husband was able to find help through a local agency, he got the information from the Cancer treatment center where I was receiving treatment. If you have a cancer treatment center close they may be able to give you some information.

I'm really sorry you are having a difficult time finding someone. I hope you will be able to find someone soon.

# Kathy M. Boice said on Monday, January 23, 2012 7:04 PM

I hope you can find a caregiver you can trust and that meets all of your needs. I will pray! Hugs, no stressing over this...God will provide!