Helpline: Caregiver Support - Isolation Support

Why People Live in Isolation
Isolation and loneliness are significant caregiver issues and has reached an all-time high level in the United States. Individuals become isolated for several reasons. Being involved non-stop with a care-recipient can cause depression, leading to isolation. Also, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, divorce, aging, illnesses, and other similar factors often push caregivers into isolation. 

Transitioning from being socially active to a position when you are alone spending most of your time taking care of a loved one is difficult to deal with. If you feel lonely and isolated, it's critical to reach out to someone to talk to for support. Online support groups are helpful in this situation. 

ExtendaTouch's online support hotline for isolation is a great place to meet other people going through the same situation. It can be a lifesaver connecting with other individuals in the group to communicate your feelings, share your experiences and difficulties, and ask for help. If you are a caregiver who has experience in this area, you may offer critical support.

Isolation Support Group
Social distancing is causing even more isolation. It has been enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19. Social isolation is vital to prevent the spread of the pandemic, but it can cause physical and mental illness.. Older adults experience more problems due to isolation as they are physically frail and often reside in senior communities where they are not allowed visitors. As a caregiver, managing their support comes with its own set of challenges. 

Lonely caregivers tend to try to be their own caregivers. Families and friends need to encourage them to connect and share their feelings. ExtendaTouch has an isolation helpline they can use to communicate with people who relate to loneliness and isolation. Talking to someone who understands what you're feeling can be a tremendous means of support. Being part of a community will help you as a caregiver know that you aren't alone. There are always individuals out there who either feel what you're feeling or can help you navigate a rough patch.

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