How did you become a caregiver?
At first, I didn’t even realize I was my Mom’s caregiver because she was so independent. I quickly learned that you are a caregiver if you are the one who will be called in the middle of the night in a crisis!
Has your relationship with the person(s) you care for changed? If so, how?
My Mom has since passed but we were always close. In the midst of caring for her, our relationship became even stronger. Our unspoken love and respect for each other was deafening.
What is the hardest thing about being a caregiver?
The majority of the time I was caring for my Mom, we were in crisis mode due to her precarious health condition. For me, just hearing the phone ring would set me in panic mode fearing it was the hospital calling with bad news.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a caregiver?
Being able to help someone and immediately make a difference in their life
What advice would you give to other caregivers?
Remember that being a caregiver won’t last forever and it’s always okay to ask others for help. It takes a village!
In ten words or less, what has caregiving taught you?
You get back more than you give out.
Describe a situation where being a caregiver helped you succeed?
Caregiving helps you become a great advocate for others.
We hope this information is helpful to you in the important work you do as a family caregiver.
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