How to Survive a Caregiver Experience

How to Survive a Caregiver Experience

Many of us will reach a point in our lives where we will have to devote time and energy to the care of a loved one. Some of us are already there. Whether it is a parent, spouse, or another close relative, it is always a challenge. Giving full-time care can be a mentally and physically draining experience. However, there is always relief. You don’t have to do it alone. You can get help.

Caregiver Experience

When time comes to act as a caregiver to a loved one, many people shift into complete selfless mode and try to take on the entire endeavour on their own. They completely put their focus on their loved one’s needs and neglect their own personal lives and relationships. It is admirable, but it will take a toll on the caregiver. In order to be effective in their roles, caregivers need to take the time to take care of their own needs as well. Here are a few caregiver survival tips:

Don’t Do It Alone

Becoming a caregiver is a significant task that requires time and some expertise. There is no reason to do it alone. Reach out to family and friends for help, even better, reach out to professionals. Your loved one may have some needs that are best handled by someone in the home health care field. Find a premier home care agency to consult and aid you.

Create a Care Plan

Have a frank discussion with your loved one about their care. Determine what they need, what they can do on their own, and with what you might need help. Setting parameters early will clear the ambiguity and prevent misunderstandings later on.

Take Care of Yourself

Caregivers will need to take a time-out. If you are feeling stressed, take a little time for yourself doing something you like. Read a book; take a walk; work out; whatever activity helps relieve your stress. To be an effective caretaker, a balanced life is very important.

Embrace Your Feelings

It is difficult to care for someone. You might get angry, frustrated, or sad. People feel conflicted about these feelings. It is okay to feel like this; don’t feel guilty about how you feel.

Being a good caregiver is a tough job. You will have good days and bad days. But, you will survive, even thrive if you create a plan, maintain a balanced life, embrace feelings, and most importantly, get some professional help. iCare Home Health is one of the premier health care agencies in Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington. We offer a full range of care services in the home including our Personal Support at Home, Nurse at Home, and Care Package at Home, Programs. Please contact us to see how we can help take care of your loved one in their home.


President of iCare Home Health Services, a community based, boutique home health care company dedicated to serving the needs of our customers to maintain their quality of life and dignity while they recover from illness or age at the comfort of their own home.