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
- 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.