Caring For Self

Caregiving can be rewarding, providing an opportunity to improve or deepen the current relationship. However, caregiving also reflects a change in roles in that the adult child begins to provide personal care for the parent or other relative, the spouse cares for their partner who can no longer care for themselves, or the grandparent assumes the parenting role for their grandchild.

Adjusting to this new role can mean learning unfamiliar skills. Often, there is limited preparation time. The juggling of job, family, and other obligations now is joined by caregiving.

It is important to recognize that this added responsibility is caregiving. It can be a wonderful experience; but it can also be exhausting, and it can be very frustrating. Know that help is available in your neighborhood, when the time is right.

Following are suggestions to help you manage your caregiving journey.