Caregiver Awareness Month
November is Caregiver Awareness Month. To honor the loving, hard working, remarkable caregivers of the Angelman community, we’ve compiled a list of resources and services geared toward YOU, the caregiver. Even though caring for an individual with AS can be rewarding, we know that it can be challenging, stressful and isolating.
Here are some ideas that will help you take care of yourself, give yourself or someone else a pat on the back and celebrate the work you do every day for the ones you love.
Counseling Services with Shannon Barlow, LCPC
ASF is proud to offer counseling services at no charge to Angelman families in the United States.
Counseling Services are available for help in areas like (but not limited to):
- Caregiver stress
- Support with marital problems
- Substance abuse issues
- Self-esteem concerns
How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers and Why It Matters
Watch it for $10
An estimated 16.8 million people in the U.S. are caring for a child with disabilities or complex medical needs. The demands of daily life and chronic stress can negatively affect the mental and physical wellbeing of parent caregivers. With few who understand their situation and limited accommodations, caregivers often feel alone in their struggle. The Unseen documentary takes a raw, honest look at the parent caregiving experience. If caregivers are ever going to get the support and resources they deserve, they first have to be seen and heard. The Unseen documentary puts faces and stories to this issue to enable change for the caregivers in our community.
Send Sunshine through the ASF Care Committee
Know someone who could use some encouragement? Fill out the request form and the Care Committee will send a “little sunshine” in the form of a card or package.
Nominate A Caregiver
Carewell is a online source of home health products and information for family caregivers who provide care for their loved ones. During November, Carewell takes nominations for outstanding caregivers.
Submit a short video to nominate yourself or others for the 2024 Carewell Caregiver Awards.
Find Respite Services
Respite is care provided to a child or adult with special needs in order to provide temporary relief to family caregivers.
ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center helps families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities.
NOT all states in the US have resources in the ARCH network.