Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver
Family caregiving requires an endless supply of energy, empathy, and patience. While most caregivers will tell you that caring for a loved one is a truly rewarding experience, it is not without its challenges.
The rising value and significance of caregiving as a result of COVID-19 and an aging population place new strains on caregivers. According to an AARP/National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) report, 48 million Americans care for someone over the age of 18. Unpaid care is provided by nearly one-fifth of the population (19%).C
Caregiving has long been recognized as a significant source of stress. Caring can be physically, emotionally, and cognitively exhausting due to factors such as a lack of boundaries, feelings of isolation, and the emotional toll of caring.
Caregivers are unsung heroes, but they, like everyone else, require all the assistance they can get.
You’ve come to the right place if you’re a caregiver looking for assistance and support. This comprehensive guide aims to provide caregivers with support options and resources, as well as help you better navigate your caregiving journey, with everything from self-care ideas to tips to online resources.
You can learn more about this here:
- Taking Care of Yourself as a Caregiver
- Tips for Caring for An Older Family Member
- Caregiving for Someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia
- How To Get Paid for Taking Care of a Loved One
- Find Caregiver Resources in Your State
- Additional Caregiver Support Resources
Guest article provided by Betsy Wells
Community Outreach & Senior Advocate
Caring.com is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet.