The SLN recognizes family caregivers and direct support professionals as an essential component in improving the quality of life with and for our brothers and sisters with disabilities.
As Don Meyer often says, siblings of people with disabilities can often be caught in the “club sandwich” generation with caring for their aging parents, children, and their brother and sisters with disabilities.
Siblings of people with disabilities connect on SibNet with questions about how they are going to make all this work. How are they going to provide support for their brothers and sisters? How are they going to take care of mom and/or dad? How are they supposed to keep their own career and life moving forward?
According to the Caregiver Action Network, 2 out of every 5 adults is a caregiver. While we do not really know the number of siblings who are caring for their brothers and sisters with disabilities, we can assume that there are many of them who are a part of that 40% of adults!
Caregiving is a natural part of life! It’s not always easy,though.
American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) recognizes the work that Direct Support Professionals (DSP) do in the caregiving context by choosing one DSP as the DSP of the Year. You can nominate a DSP here.
In honor of National Caregiver Month, we are focusing our efforts on leading discussions, posting materials about aging and caregiver related issues to SibNet on Facebook. Please, if you have not already done so, check us out there. You will find a warm, welcoming and understanding group of people who understand the intersecting and challenging nature of trying to juggle all these roles. Siblings are, in many ways, the expert jugglers!