Where’s the Help I Need? Caregiving During a Pandemic

Family caregivers deal with numerous challenges every day. Caregiving is one of the hardest jobs you can imagine. And with every caregiving situation comes a lot of stress.

The Coronavirus pandemic has added another layer of stress. Caregivers find themselves dealing with a new set of challenges:

“My uncle is in assisted living and I am not able to visit him. How do I check in on him?”

“My parents live with me and I have tested positive for COVID-19. How do I keep my them safe while residing in the same home?”

“I’ll be returning to work very soon. Is it safe for my special needs child to start attending their day program again?”

Many caregivers rely on friends, family, or support groups to help them through difficult times, and to fight the isolation so many caregivers feel. But as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many family caregivers find that some help that they have relied on—such as in-person support group meetings—is just not available. And this is at a time when help is needed more than ever.

That is why Caregiver Action Network created Caregiver Help Desk. It’s a no-cost resource that can provide family caregivers with all types of help whenever they need it.

Caregiver Help Desk connects family caregivers with expert staff and digital tools to help them find answers to their questions. Caregivers have contacted Help Desk with financial questions, how to find virtual support groups, resources in their local area—or just needing to talk.

Since its creation, Caregiver Help Desk has helped thousands of family caregivers in all 50 states. Support is available from 8:00AM until 7:00PM Eastern by calling the toll-free number at 1-855-CARE-640 (1-855-227-3640) or go to CaregiverAction.org/helpdesk and use the chat or e-mail features.

By: John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network