When you are taking care of a loved one, make time to care for yourself, too. The emotional and physical stress of caregiving can cause health problems.

What is a caregiver?

A caregiver is someone who helps a family member, friend, or neighbor who is sick or has a disability. An informal or family caregiver often helps a loved one with basic daily tasks.

You may be a caregiver if you regularly help someone with:

  • Grocery shopping
  • Housework
  • Getting dressed
  • Taking and keeping track of medicine
  • Medical care, like keeping wounds clean or giving shots
  • Cooking food
  • Transportation, like car rides to appointments
  • Managing services, like talking to doctors or paying bills

About 1 in 3 Americans are caregivers. Most caregivers also have other jobs and spend an average of 24 hours a week caring for a loved one.

Visit the Caregiver Action Network for resources to help caregivers manage their loved ones’ care and also take care of themselves.


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