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A caregiver is anyone who provides help to someone who is in need of care. Caregiving may come in many different forms: providing hands-on-assistance to a loved one, advocating for a loved one at medical appointments, helping with tasks around the house, or offering long-distance support.
For some people, caregiving occurs gradually over time, for others it can happen overnight. Caregivers may be full, or part-time, live with their loved one, or provide care from a distance. For the most part, friends, neighbors, and most of all, families provide, without pay, the vast majority of care.
If you are a caregiver, you are not alone. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, it is estimated 21% of households in the U.S. are impacted by caregiving responsibilities. Additionally, unpaid caregivers provide an estimated 90% of the long-term care needed by loved ones. Many family members and friends do not consider their assistance “caregiving”—they are just doing what comes naturally to them—taking care of someone they love. Often, care may be required for months or years, and may take an emotional, physical, and financial toll on caregivers and their families.
Why is Caregiver Health Important?
Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but the demands on your time may make it difficult to maintain your own physical and emotional health needs. This can lead to fatigue, anxiety, stress, depression, and serious illness. Being able to cope with the strain and stress of being a caregiver is extremely important to prevent what is known as caregiver “burnout”.
The following are signs of caregiver “burnout”
Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout
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