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Caring for the Caregiver

As you may have experienced, caring for a loved one or friend is not easy, nor is it something most of us are prepared to do. Like most people, you have probably had questions about your loved one or friend’s illness or condition, and have spent time finding answers to those questions. 

Now that you have learned about the basics of caregiving, and better understand how to provide care, there may still be times when you feel overwhelmed or unable to care for your loved one’s or friend’s needs. 

This section will give you information and practical tips for managing the responsibilities of being a caregiver by taking care of your own needs. Though they may seem selfish, they are not! Caregivers need to take care of themselves to remain healthy both physically and mentally.

Helpful Resources

NHPCO’s CaringInfo offers some resources to support caregivers.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, www.nhpco.org

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