April 23 through 29 is National Volunteer Week. One of the hardest things for caregivers to do is ask for and accept help. But, if you don’t get a respite break and “time off” now and then, you may wind up more ill than the person for whom you are caring. What is interesting is that a national study found after caring for a loved one, caregivers are 50 percent more likely than the general public to volunteer to help other caregivers.
National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity for caregivers to reach out, for friends and family members to step up and for caregiving to become a team sport instead of a solo act. It does take a village, read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s article on caregiving and volunteerism:
Paying it Forward – Volunteerism Among Caregivers – originally published in the Caregiving Supplement for USA Today
8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America’s Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregivers – originally published on Huff Post 50
How Online Volunteers Support Caregivers – originally published on PBS Next Avenue