Caregiving can lead to stress, fatigue, frustration, and more. Fortunately, St. Luke's offers resources to help. Consider attending a support group, accessing online forums and spending time with your support system. Additionally, therapy can be a cornerstone of your self-care plan — allowing you to discuss responsibilities that are weighing on you. For a therapy referral, talk to your primary care doctor today.
Individual therapy for St. Luke’s Senior Care Patients/Caregivers
Suzanne Shilling-Askew, LCSW
Teepa Snow - a dementia care education specialist with a background as an occupational therapist - https://teepasnow.com/about-dementia/
Tam Cummings - gerontologist and author of Untangling Alzheimer's who provides education about dementia/caregiving - https://tamcummings.com/
St. Luke’s Senior Care Associates VIRTUAL Caregiver Support Group
Savvy Caregiver: a 6-week, 12-hour training program for caregivers. Caregivers will learn, develop and modify strategies they will use to accomplish the goal of caregiving. If you are interested in this program, please contact Wendy by phone at 610-969-2147
Find a support group through the Alzheimer’s Association: https://www.alz.org/help-support/community/support-groups?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgIXW4-Kc_QIVEsrICh3ljAn5EAAYASAAEgLtLfD_BwE
The following caregiver apps can help organize responsibilities and communicate with other care team members.
- Any.do: offers recurring and location reminders, shared task lists and file attachments
- Around Me: identifies points of interest — including banks, gas stations and hospitals
- CaringBridge: coordinates caregiving help and provides support notes
- Life 360: shares your location with others and facilitates in-app communication
- Lotsa Helping Hands: creates a forum with your loved one's community for posting news, sharing calendars, and sending/receiving support notes
- MedHelper: tracks prescriptions, treatment plans (alarmed medication reminders and log of past doses), and appointments
- MediSafe Medication Management: sets medication reminders and notifies the caregiver
- My Med Schedule (web-based): sets medication reminders
- MyMedList (MML): keeps a record of prescription history and provides medication reminders
- Recorder: records verbal notes that can be emailed to the care team
- Pill Time: keeps a record of prescription history and provides medication reminders
- To Do Reminder: sets reminders and records voice notes
- Wallet Advanced (encrypted system): manages website logins, passwords, PINs, credit cards and more
To download any of the above apps, search for them in the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android). Note that some apps may have a one-time or monthly fee.