Do you regularly help someone who:
* is over 60
* has a disability (physical or mental)
* has a chronic or progressive health problem
* has trouble taking care of him or herself at home
Do you regularly do any of the following:
* Take meals or give rides to someone
* Call or stop in to check on someone
* Provide on-going care to someone such as feeding, bathing, dressing, or any other care
* Feel concern or worry that someone you know isn’t taking care of him or herself
* Feel concern or worry that someone you know who is a caregiver needs help
If you answered YES to one or more of the above questions, you are a family caregiver.
Being a caregiver can be rewarding, but it can also be hard—even if it’s a friend or family member. No matter how much you love that person, caregiving can leave you feeling exhausted, frustrated, discouraged, worried, resentful, and even angry. If you are feeling this way, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are caring, understanding professionals available to provide support and find the help you need. To learn more, contact your local Family Caregiver Support Program.