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Are You a Family Caregiver?

Are you one of the 62,100 individuals in North Dakota providing care to a spouse, relative or friend?

Caregiving can include transportation, housekeeping, grocery shopping, bill paying, personal care, managing legal or insurance matters or providing a place to live.

Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, but it also can be filled with enormous challenges, such as time commitment, competing demands, financial implications, and physical and mental stress. Many caregivers have no idea what to do, how to do it or where to get help.

Here are some tips to help you:

  • Take care of yourself. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) program is an evidence-based six-week workshop the NDSU Extension Service offers through extensive partnerships with local organizations. The PTC program is designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves and feel more confident in their ability to care for their family members.
  • Ask for help. The ND Family Caregiver Support Program is a system of support services for unpaid caregivers of older adults to help them continue to provide care in their homes and community through information, assistance, counseling, support groups and training. Contact the Aging Services Division at 1-855-462-5465 for more information or to learn more about other services and supports available to you and your care recipient.

  Contact your county office of NDSU Extension for more information about PTC workshops in your community.

 

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