While the caring journey can bring great joy as you provide care for a loved one in need, the journey itself presents distinctive concerns and issues for both the caregiver and the care recipient.
Each phase of caring can bring it’s own rewards and challenges, as you travel through the caring phases different supports and interventions may be necessary to support you and the person you are caring for.
Providing care for a family member in need is an age-old act of kindness, love, and loyalty. And as life expectancies increase, medical treatments advance, and increasing numbers of people live with chronic illness and disabilities, more and more of us will participate in the care giving process.
There are many different types of caregiver i.e. family member, neighbour or friend. You may be taking care of an aging parent or a spouse with a long term illness or perhaps you’re caring for a child. But regardless of your particular circumstances, you’re facing a challenging new role.
If you’re like most caregivers, you aren’t trained for the responsibilities you now face. And you probably never anticipated you’d be in this situation.
Therefore it is crucial when you begin your caring journey to gain access to support services that can help you in the short and long term.
Pablo Casals, the world-renowned cellist, said, “The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest significance and meaning.” It’s essential that you receive the support you need, so you don’t lose that capacity. While you’re caring for your loved one, don’t forget about your own needs. Caregivers need care, too.