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What Does it Mean to Be a Caregiver?

What it means to be a caregiver is for someone to be actively engaged in providing care and needs to another. Individuals such as the ill, disabled or older friends or family members.

Today, it is much more common to be providing such care and support not to children, but to aging or ill family members. We are all pulled in various directions, often at the same time and we sometimes struggle to find the balance needed between the many demands of life. These demands include jobs, family, and personal time. While present day is difficult for all of us, particularly for those in need, it is important to remember you are not alone.

Some tips to help remember this:

  • It’s okay to ask for help. Ask family, neighbors or friends for help with specific things such as errands, or preparing meals.
  • Seek out support. Don’t harbor stress inside of you, let it out by talking with others who care. There are many around you who do care, whether they be close company or professionals.
  • Set priorities. No matter what stage of life you may be in or physical condition, everyone has a right to do what they love. Sometimes, this may require a little assistance, and that’s okay! You can’t do it all, and it’s more than okay to hold others accountable to help you achieve your reasonable expectations for yourself.
  • Use resources. Whether this be an agency, non-medical support services like transportation, etc. Whatever location you are in, remember to still look to local resources as a reference point for potential resources available.
  • Take care of yourself! You can create/maintain a healthy lifestyle for yourself which can include healthy eating, exercise, sufficient rest, fun and relaxation.
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