There are more than 65 million family caregivers in this country fulfilling a vital role. These individuals work tirelessly to maintain a high level of care for their loved ones. They are most familiar with the recipients’ medicine regimen; they are the most knowledgeable about the treatment; and they understand best the dietary and exercise regimen. This compassionate role can be daunting. Caregivers often put the needs of others ahead of their own which can lead to mental and physical exhaustion. It is often said “you cannot take care of someone if don’t take care of yourself”. When you are a caregiver, where do you go for answers and assistance? The following organizations can be a resource to assist in the caregiver’s well-being.
Chanda’s Caregiver Corner
Being a caregiver is a labor of love. To honor and recognize wonderful caregivers who care for their friends and family in need, Chanda Brigance has created a video series that will discuss her experiences, advice and feelings about being a caregiver. While a caregiver’s number one priority is caring for that person, they also need to remember to take care of themselves.
Everyone goes through similar ups and downs, and sometimes what helps the most is being able to talk to someone about it and know that someone else has survived what you are working through.
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