Do any of these sound like you? If so, you are a family caregiver.
- Your mom used to live by herself, but she had to move in with you when she was no longer able to manage on her own.
- Your child with a disability needs continual care, most of which is provided by your family.
- Your spouse had a stroke, and since he came home from the hospital, he can’t bathe himself or get dressed without help.
- Your neighbor used to need the occasional help around the house, but you now find yourself cleaning and cooking for her.
Many people think of a caregiver as someone who gets paid to take care of another person. But that’s not always the case.
If you are a son, daughter, mother, father, or spouse – and you help a person who is older or who has a disability — you are a caregiver too.
While taking care of your loved one is important to you, it is just as important to take care of yourself and the rest of your family as well.
When you call 1-855-YES-ADRC (1-855-937-2372), a trained professional will guide you to available caregiver services. They can tell you how to find help locating resources in your area.