Claim Your Caregiver Role
Recognizing and coping with the stress of caring for others
You may not usually think of yourself as a family caregiver, even though you do provide much support for a loved one…it’s just something you do! If you or someone you know is acting as a family caregiver, it is important to identify yourself as a caregiver with important needs. Why?
- Providing ongoing care and assistance can take a physical, financial, emotional and spiritual toll.
- It can strain your work life and family relations.
- Overlooking the impact of caregiving puts you at risk of feeling isolated, overwhelmed, and becoming ill.
- Support from others and your our own self-care can help you stay healthy and strong enough to do one of the most important things you will ever do in life…and that’s good for both you and your loved one.
So, if you or someone you know is a family caregiver, review these materials. You may have very few free moments if you currently are caring for a loved one, but you owe it to yourself to invest some time to find resources and people who can help you. You are not alone. The first steps to receiving the support you need are recognizing your role as caregiver, and the stress that often comes with it.
Learn more about self-care
Partners on the Path wants to help. Check out the self-care resources that we have developed for family caregivers like you.