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Caregivers

Guide for Caregivers of People with Disabilities

July 31, 2010 [Updated May 31, 2011]


In need of a caregiver? See our NHU guide: Guide to Searching for and Selecting a Home Health Aide. This guide is very comprehensive in assessing your situation, identifying your care needs, identifying the level of caregiving you need, finding resources and financial aid for caregiving.

For more information and resources, see NHU's Caregivers section.


The following is a Guide for Caregivers of People with Disabilities. As there are many people who are providing care for family members, friends and neighbors with disabilities, we have included this guide for caregivers in the hope it will be of benefit.

The purpose of this guide is to provide information for caregivers of people with disabilities who are 18 to 59 years of age, and does not necessarily offer specific information for the caregiving of children or the elderly, however, we also offer within this guide some specific information for parents who are caregivers.

New Horizons Un-limited assumes no responsibility in guaranteeing the services, programs or conditions as described. If you are interested in a resource listed below, call or contact the resource to verify the current situation. Evaluate information and make your own decisions when using this guide.

One usually does not begin to look for something until one is at need. Becoming a caregiver may be something that just happened to you as a parent, grandparent, sister, brother, uncle, aunt or other relative or perhaps it started as a helpful neighbor or friend. It is important however, to consider and investigate how to be a good caregiver and how to take care of yourself as caregiver before you assume the role as caregiver of a person with special needs or disabilities. Being informed may assist you in avoiding stress and burnout, both common hazards of caregiving. When you take care of yourself, you insure your caregiving for the person in need.


Select the Caregiver topic of your choice from the links below:

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The Caregiver:


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What does it take to be a Caregiver?


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How to Be a Caregiver


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More Information on Caregiving

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Caregiver Survival Guide





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Help from Family Members

Do you care for a family member or friend, who is frail, disabled, has a chronic illness or cognitive impairment? If you let the stress of care giving progress to burnout, it can damage both your physical and mental health. If you are caring for a family member, and are not getting the time you need to recuperate, it’s essential that you get support from other family members to get the rest you need.

Receiving help from family members for the time needed to rejuvenate yourself may be challenging. Living a balanced life may be difficult, but is extremely important when being a caregiver. This importance needs to be expressed to family members to ensure their participation in providing respite care. As you begin to incorporate family members as respite care givers you may want to start by exchanging words about daily activities, or the schedule you keep to ensure all needs of the one being cared for are being met.

Instructions for family members providing respite care to relieve care givers may include the need to take classes to ensure they have comprehensive training for competent care. Encourage potential respite care family members participate in training as it applies to the individual being cared for.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Resources has many programs and training available to meet the competency of providing adequate care.

The Family Caregiver Alliance has many different resources for caregivers and cared for persons. One of the resources provided by the organization is their Caregiver training. It is offered as a day-long program or in a series of 4 classes on consecutive weeks. Class is open to anyone, is FREE, and includes valuable information and hands-on practice on transferring skills, incontinence care and toileting, bathing, hygiene, grooming and dressing, dental care, feeding and nutrition, dealing with behavioral issues, and caregiver self-care. Time is allowed for interaction with other caregivers, and sharing of information in a confidential setting is encouraged. The good news is that you’re not alone. Help for caregivers are available.

Nebraska’s Answers 4 Families website has a wide range of support group information and groups. They have a list of support groups by topic.


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Share Your Caregiver Story!

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Thank Your Caregiver!

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