Caregiving: Step Bravely

Realizing that you’re not alone and that others are going through similar experiences nurtures your ability to be self-compassionate. Caregivers, we support and honor you. Thank you for your work.

Caregiving is an important public health issue that positively affects the quality of life for millions of individuals. Caregivers provide assistance with another person’s social and health needs. Caregiving may include help with one or more activities important for daily living such as bathing and dressing, paying bills, shopping, or providing transportation. It also may involve emotional and nursing support and help with managing a chronic disease or disability. Caregiving responsibilities will increase and change if the recipient’s needs increase, which may result in additional strain on the caregiver.

Caregivers have an enormous task on their shoulders even when the world is humming along. During a public health crisis demands can increase. Some days being a caregiver can be lonely and stressful. The joy is in seeing a loved one or a senior you are caring for light up when they see you. You are important to them, and the care you provide is crucial to their mental and physical health.

As a caregiver, whether for a family member or as a professional home care provider, you need to feel protected and cared for as well, especially during a crisis like COVID-19. Everyone is under pressure, tensions are high, people are anxious, and you are tasked with making life seem as calm and normal as possible for your loved one or caregiving client. Remember to care for yourself. Remember to breath.

“Sometimes our work as caregivers is not for the faint of heart. But, you will never know what you are made of until you step into the fire. Step bravely.”

Deborah Beasley

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