Becoming a caregiver can happen very quickly due to a health event — like a fall, hospitalization or heart attack — or it can creep up on you gradually. Caregiving may start with taking your loved one to the store and to appointments and slowly transition to daily living needs like bathing, dressing and feeding. Before you know it, you are a critical part of your loved one’s quality of life.
Caregivers can be spouses, partners, adult children, parents, other relatives (siblings, aunts, nieces/nephews, in-laws, grandchildren), friends and even neighbors. Whatever your relationship with the person you are caring for, know the resources available to you.
Everyone knows someone that either is a caregiver or knows a caregiver. The circumstances around caring for your loved one is as unique as you are. Sometimes there is an extensive support system of family and friends, and other times, the caregiver is on their own. Whatever your situation, there are organizations ready to help.
Our Aging Well Resource Coordinator can help you understand your needs and access these resources.