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Respite Care for Family Caregivers During the Holidays and Beyond!

Are you a family caregiver that needs a break? If so, Southern Caregivers Resource Center’s TogetherCare program is a cost-sharing respite program to help support family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

For more information and to enroll in the TogetherCare program please call:

Southern Caregiver Resource Center 

PH: (800) 827-1008 or (858) 268- 4432                                                                                               

Fax: (858) 268-7816 or email them at: scrc@caregivercenter.org

Keep your address up-to-date!

Providers, in order to receive your tax forms in a timely manner, please keep your address and phone number updated with the Public Authority.

It is important for the Public Authority to have your current address by December 21, 2020, so you can receive this year’s W-2 Form in the mail on time.

November is National Caregiver Month

November is National Caregiver Month. It is a time to honor to those who have sacrificed their time, money, and physical and emotional strength in service of another. The theme this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” This simply means caregivers often give of themselves and rarely take the time for self-care. 

These caregivers are mothers, fathers, grandparents, children, nurses, etc. They are someone who shops, bathes, cleans houses and comforts others in need. Some do it for work, but most do it because they are taking care of a friend or family member and it is often unpaid. It can be difficult and taxing, especially if the caregiver is also working a full-time job.

This month is used to raise awareness about the important role of a caregiver in our community and that they also need to be taken care of. If you are a caregiver, remember to take care of yourself, too, so you can continue to give to those you love. 

Suggestions for Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver

Taking care of yourself when taking care of another is quite frankly a thankless job. The demands of your loved one’s life can seem greater than your own. Choosing to prioritize your needs will help you be more available to meet someone else’s needs. It can also help you avoid burnout. Here are some simple ways to make your life a little easier.   

Schedule “You” Time

Managing your time is important, so make sure you are prioritizing your schedule. Doctor appointments are not only for those you are caring for; if you aren’t healthy, how are you going to take care of anyone else? Aside from making sure you’re physically well, take time to watch a movie, make a date with a close friend or take a long walk some place scenic. Put these activities on your schedule and do everything you can not to reschedule them for next time. If you put them on the schedule, you are less likely to let time slip by and not do it. 

Use Technology as a Resource

Cell phones, apps and websites can be your biggest resources as a caregiver. Embracing technology can help you in many ways because there are so many things you can do that make life a bit easier, such as managing medication or scheduling appointments. Being able to schedule notifications and having everything in one place can be a lifesaver when you are caring for others and yourself. 

Rest

Being rested is an integral part of being healthy. If you are lighting the candle at both ends, burnout is just around the corner. Rest can look like a lot of things, sleeping being the obvious one. A 20-minute power nap is known to lift mood, mental alertness, increase reaction time, boost memory and reduce fatigue. If napping just isn’t for you, sitting quietly reading a book or meditating could be an alternative way to get a bit of rest during your day.

Accept Help

It may feel, sometimes, as if you are the only person able to care for your loved one. However, it is important to reach out for help and accept it when it is offered. Sources of help can come from other family and friends. You can also hire a professional to provide respite care once or twice a week. This would allow you to schedule time to take care of your needs. 

Stay Organized

Taking care of someone else, including yourself, can be overwhelming. Paperwork can pile up and get missed, appointments forgotten, medication misplaced, etc. Taking the time to have the paperwork in order and in a safe place can save time when it is needed. Pill holders for medication can help avoid a missed medication or forgetting to order more when they are going to run out. It can provide some peace of mind and calm in the middle of what can sometimes feel chaotic.

On behalf of the Public Authority, during this National Caregiver Month we’d like to send our sincere thanks to the dedicated caregivers who give their time, treasure, and talent which allows clients to remain safely in their own homes! 

Register to Vote

You may register to vote in California, if you are:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • A California Resident
  • At least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Not in state or federal prison, or on parole for a felony conviction
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by court action

You Can Pre-Register to Vote in California, if you are:

  • 16 or 17 years old, and meet all the other requirements to vote
  • You will be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday 

Register to vote:  https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/en/Registration.html

Regístrese Para Votar

Puede registrarse para votar en California si cumple con estos requisitos:

  • Ser ciudadano de los EE. UU.
  • Ser residente de California
  • Tener al menos 18 años el día de la elección o antes
  • No estar en prisión ni en libertad condicional por una condena de delito grave
  • No haber sido declarado incapacitado mentalmente por fallo judicial

Puede Prerregistrarse para Votar en California, si:

  • Tiene 16 o 17 años y cumple con todos los requisitos para votar
  • Cuando cumpla 18 años será registrado para votar automáticamente.

Usted quedará automáticamente registrado para votar cuando cumpla 18 años.

Regístrese Para Votar: https://www.sdvote.com/content/rov/es/Registration.html