Most people who provide care for a friend or loved one do not think of themselves as a caregiver. According to a recent study by MetLife,
- 44 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for an adult relative or friend, and the majority of those who are caring for someone 50 or older are working.
- There are an estimated 15.9 million caregivers in the U.S. who also work full‑time.
Whether you are running weekly errands for an ill neighbor or providing full‑time personal care to a loved one, you are a caregiver. If you can relate to one or more of the following statements, then you know you are a caregiver.
You know you are a caregiver if you…
- Provide unpaid assistance to a spouse, relative, or friend who is ill, disabled, or needs help with basic activities of daily living.
- Make frequent calls to check in on a loved one.
- Prepare meals for someone.
- Provide transportation to the doctor’s office, shopping, or for recreation.
- Assist with personal services such as grooming, bathing, and toileting
- Assist with bill paying and other financial affairs.
- Monitor medication intake, prepare medications, or assist with their administration.
- Help someone with household chores and repairs.
- Coordinate someone’s medical care.
If you provide services like these, whether or not you live with the person you are helping, you are a caregiver.
Did You Know Family Caregivers Routinely Fail to Care for Themselves?
As a caregiver you probably put all your energy into helping others. But it is just as important that you maintain your own health and well‑being. Seek out support and resources that can help you cope withcaregiving stress and caregiver burnout. Always remember the family caregiver’s Golden Rule: Treat yourself as you would treat others.
When you need a break or respite care, contact A Better Living Home Care. Our caregivers can take your place when you need to recharge your batteries for a few hours, need a vacation,or have conflicting events that temporarily keep you from providing care. Together we can make a difference.