Caregiving takes many forms. Many of us help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends every day. We know we are helping, but we don't think of ourselves as caregivers. We are glad to do this and feel rewarded by it, but if the demands are heavy, over time we can also become exhausted and stressed. We think we should be able to handle caregiving roles on top of busy work and family schedules and begin to feel guilty and depressed as our stamina wanes.
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― Tariq Ali
Nature of caregiving
About 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of unpaid, "informal" care each year for adult family members and friends with chronic illnesses or conditions that prevent them from handling daily activities such as bathing, managing medications or preparing meals on their own. (Source: www.caregiver.org)
“Caregiving has pushed me to do things outside of my comfort zone, and I’ve embraced that nurturing part of myself that I didn’t know I had.”
Sharon G., caregiver to her son, a veteran
Mary lives with late stage Alzheimer’s so Patty spends about 9 hours daily to assist her with things like bathing, cooking, dressing, and going to the doctor’s office for appointments. Patty takes Mary to an Adult Day Center three days a week through the Arizona Caregiver Coalition so that she can enjoy respite. Mary loved it at the center and made friends. It became something that she truly looked forward to every week.
Patty P., caregiver to her mother
“Being a caregiver is not for the faint of heart… as caregivers we are soldiers!”
Rick D., caregiver to his wife
I didn’t know I needed a break, until I got respite.
The Arizona Caregiver Coalition is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit registered in the State of Arizona. Our mission is to help family caregivers in Arizona find resources and support. Follow us on Facebook and call us with your questions at 888-737-7494.