What does “being a caregiver” mean? What is involved? How and when do we recognize ourselves as such? And how do we deal with this reality?
A caregiver is any person who provides support to one or more members of their immediate circle who has a temporary or permanent physical, psychological, psychosocial or other disability, regardless of their age or living environment, and with whom the person shares an emotional bond as a family member or otherwise
(Definition from the National Policy for Caregivers).
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Have you ever felt guilt in your role as a caregiver? Know that most caregivers experience this normal feeling to some extent at some point in their journey. However, it is best when it is not too significant in your daily life because it could add to your mental stress.
In some people and contexts, disease can cause an increase in behaviours that are challenging for friends and family to manage. There is no perfect method, but certain behaviours can be adopted to calm your loved one during an episode of aggression.
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Does the emotional bond between you and the person you are caring for make your support “informal”? What exactly does it mean to be a caregiver?
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