Good caregiving requires organization, patience, resourcefulness and stamina.
Caregivers come to this role in many different ways. For some, the beginning is abrupt: perhaps there’s a trigger event, such as a health crisis or financial emergency that requires someone to step to take care of things. Others assume the caregiver role gradually, providing more and more practical and emotional support. Often, defining just when one became a caregiver is more difficult.
The caregiving role is not an easy one: it can be stressful, time-consuming and physically demanding. Good caregiving requires organization, patience, resourcefulness and stamina. Caregivers also must understand that to remain emotionally and physically healthy enough to provide care, they must take care of their own needs as well as those of the recipient.
But to coordinate care effectively, take care of oneself and find support and resources, the caregiver first needs to recognize that he or she is fulfilling that role:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, there’s a good possibility that you’ve become a caregiver.
In 2008 the Larimer County Office on Aging produced a short video of interviews with local family members who were caring for frail elders. You can view this at https://www.youtube.com/user/eldercareable.