If you provide care for an elderly, disabled or chronically ill person, it is very likely that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made a difficult job even harder and more stressful. In addition to the daily stressors and challenges of caring for another person, you now have to worry about things like: will the there be disruptions to obtaining necessary medications and treatments, will home health support still be come for regular visits, will medical appointments be cancelled or delayed and perhaps most distressing of all, will you transmit the virus to them.
For caregivers who already have a full plate, the additional stressors created by the coronavirus can feel especially overwhelming and anxiety provoking. As a person who cares for others, it is important that you also take care of yourself emotionally. It can be helpful to know the things that are in your control, as well as the things that are out of your control, so that you can make the most informed decision and manage your worry and concerns to the extent possible.
Here are some resources that you may find helpful as you figure out the best ways to continue in your role as a caregiver:
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Article / Caregiver Stress – Tips for Taking Care of Yourself >
Article / Self-Care for the Caregiver >