As you know, caregiving can be a financial strain. So, to help family caregivers, I’ve launched an initiative called CareGifters. (You can learn more at its website, CareGifters.org).
Each month, I’ll highlight a family caregiver in need and ask you to help out by donating $5. (Your donation is not tax deductible at this time. I’m working on it, though.) The goal is to raise $500.
Our first family caregiver we can help is Kristin, who blogs here. She cares for Mary, a family friend.
I’ve asked Kristin to share her three top challenges; they are (in her words):
1. Financial: I live on social security and receive no pay for caring for Mary. Because Mary lives out in the country, I am required to have a 4WD vehicle, which eats up about 1/2 of my SS. I have dental pain and need a pair of shoes that actually have soles on them.
2. 24/7 care with very little support: This is an area with virtually no services for homebound folks who do not qualify for Hospice, and Mary does not make enough to hire aides. I spend days at a time in isolation except for Mary and our cats. Burnout is always just around the corner, and I will likely have to do this for many more years.
3. Learning how to deal effectively with a woman who is still with-it enough to almost be able to do her ADLs independently, especially in regard to her colostomy bag. Because she can’t, but thinks she can, getting her to allow me to help is a constant challenge.
I also asked Kristin to share how $500 will help:
- I can resolve #1 by going to the dentist and buying a pair of shoes.
- I can at least relieve #2 by using the money to hire an aide a couple of times a month to come in and relieve me of chores, so that I can get out, go to a coffee house, an Audubon meeting, a lecture, anything public where there are people who can carry on a normal, adult conversation.
You can donate below. CareGifters is operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, a charitable organization. We use PayPal to process your donation. (Please note: The Center for Family Caregivers does not currently have tax exempt status with the IRS so donations are not tax deductible.)
And, if you are a family caregiver in need and would like to be considered in the future to receive CareGifters funds, fill out the application here.
Thank you so much for your support. You are a gift to a family caregiver!