There are approximately 40 million unpaid family caregivers in America assisting with medical and physical care, providing companionship, housework, home repairs, and running errands for a friend or family member. Very often they are juggling these responsibilities with jobs of their own and raising a family.
With little time to care for themselves, a caregiver’s health often declines. Especially difficult is the emotional stress that comes when caring for those with chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Family caregivers run a high risk for depression.
One way we can help the family caregiver is through respite time off. As an empty-nester looking for a positive way to contribute to my community, I have been able to volunteer through Legacy Corps.
Each week I provide respite for a daughter (caregiver) by spending time with her mother. We go to the park, out to lunch or just visit, while her daughter takes time for herself. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know and become a part of these families, as well as work with the very supportive Legacy Corps team.
If you are interested in serving family caregivers in your community, please contact Legacy Corps.
Cheryl Ruesch, Boise