Caregiving comes in many forms. You may be a family member or home health care worker charged with supporting an aging relative in her home. Or you may be a professional who provides additional support for a resident of an assisted living or memory care community.
Family caregivers have the hardest road to travel. Usually uncompensated, family caregivers, by choice or circumstance, have not only their own lives to lead, but that of their elderly family member(s). Caretaker burnout is a common result, because there just seems to be no relief. But, resources and services are available today that can provide help.
Many caregivers have also found additional support among friends and family members. It is important for a caregiver to make her own physical and emotional health a priority.