How do you know if you’re a caregiver?

How do you know if you’re a caregiver?

You check the mail for Mom since you're already at the post office.

You offer to pick up Dad's groceries because “it’s just easier.”

You schedule a followup appointment with their doctor, or stop by to mow the lawn, or cook a few meals to keep in the freezer.

Even if you don't realize it, helping your parents with daily tasks puts you in the beginning stages of caregiving.

Why does it matter that I'm a caregiver?

Caregiving may not be the first thing that comes to mind if helping out from time to time seems like the kind of thing you just do for someone you care about.

But acknowledging the importance of what you do as an informal caregiver can make all the difference in your relationship — and your health.

Mom may not be the only one who depends on you, especially if you're sandwiched between caring for your own children and your parents.

Not recognizing you and your parent's busy routine can lead to caregiver burnout, which can leave you feeling drained, stressed and overwhelmed.

So what do I do now?

It's important to remember that in order to care for another person, you must take care of yourself, too.

Know that you are not alone.

There are many people just like you who struggle to find balance in their role as an informal caregiver.

Reading other people's stories can help you relate to what you're feeling, or connect with people who understand your situation.

At the Good Samaritan Society, we're here to help you, no matter what stage of caregiving you're in — or how much help you and your parent need.

We have a library of resources that can offer you tips and introductions to service options that may help you find a better balance of your time, energy and desire to help the people you love.

And if you're not sure where to start, or just want someone to talk to, contact us. We have a team of caring people ready to offer you support, encouragement and assistance.

Are you a caregiver?

We're here to help.

 

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