Are You a Caregiver?

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 do any of the following:

* Take meals to ensure nutritious food is available

* Help with cleaning and laundry

* Assist with weekly grocery shopping

* Arrange medical appointments and provide transportation
* Feel the need to check up on the person to be sure they are okay

* Receive frequent phone calls with requests for help

* Provide on-going care to someone such as feeding, bathing, dressing, or any other care

If you answered YES to one or more of the above questions, you are a 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.