I'm a caregiver for my husband who has MS and I'm struggling and need help. When I search the web, they say "accept help, get enough rest, make time for leisure, be good to myself, share my feelings with others, etc." This type of advice doesn't help because of course I know I should do these things, but that is easier said than done! Are there any classes or real help for caregivers?
We checked with Matthew Farr, who is a physical therapist and manager at the Mandell Center for MS in Hartford, CT. He is a trainer for a program called POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS which is a great program for caregivers of those with MS.
This 6-week class (they are offered all around the country) focuses on:
- Self-Care Behaviors: (increased exercise, use of relaxation techniques and medical check ups.)
- Management of Emotions: (reduced guilt, anger, and depression.)
- Self-efficacy (increased confidence in coping with caregiving demands.)
- Use of Community Resources: (increased utilization of community services.)
The class is only once a week to make it manageable. You can call 1 (508) 719-6980 or email them to find out when classes will be held in your area.
Here is another link for caregiver resources: CAREGIVER RESOURCES