Help For Caregivers


Dear Lord.

As I begin my day, I pause for a moment and reflect on the beauty of all that you have given to us. I offer thanksgiving for that beauty, as well as the gifts of faith, family and friendship. I ask now for your help as I care for my loved one.

As a "caregiver," the caring often finds me overwhelmed and filled with many unexpected and sometimes unwanted emotions. Some situations have arisen in which I find myself happy, sad, confused and even angry. It is only with Your help that I am able to continue ministering with love and sensitivity.

Please hear my prayer and bestow upon me the gifts I need to care for my loved one until Your healing comes, or You call them home from their earthly journey. Watch over them and keep them free from pain, harm and loneliness. I offer this prayer to You with faith, love and praise. Amen

Teresa Mc Causland RN

How to Help an Aging Parent Who Refuses Help
- No one wants to lose their independence, to feel like a burden, to admit their growing limitations. Dale Carter of Catholic Lane offers tips on how to help. She also has her own site on the subject at at

Temple's Time Out Program
- Provides respite care so caregivers can get some time off. Created in 1986, Time Out is a model intergenerational respite and home support program in which college students provide quality, low cost services to families caring for the frail elderly.

Holy Redeemer Support at Home For Seniors
- provides highly trained home-care aides to help with some or all of the aspects of day-to-day living. It offers affordable personal care services (dressing/bathing/grooming), and meal planning, medication management, light housekeeping and errands. Compassionate care is central to its beliefs and a must-have for all of the Support at Home caregivers, as well as rigorous background checks and initial training through ongoing training and evaluation. To learn more, call 215-698-3719.

Caregiver Support Groups
- Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month
Holy Innocents Rectory (1337 E. Hunting Park Ave.) at 1pm
& St. Leo Convent (6658 Keystone St.) at 7pm
215-624-1639 for both

Alzheimers Support on the Phone
- Care Connection was created for caregivers unable to leave home for support groups. A free telephone support service for those caring for persons with Alzheimers and related conditions, it links caregivers from anywhere in the country for a 1 hour session every Thursday at 9pm(EST). Call toll-free 1-877-232-2992 (guest ID no. 271004#)
Each session addresses dementia-specific medical, social, emotional and practical issues. For example, one night a nurse consultant discussed ways to decrease hospital admissions. On another night, a physician discussed a book he's written about dementia.
Care Connection is a joint project of tha Alzheimers Foundation and psychologist Dr. Jamie Rotnofsky.