Caregivers may be so focused on caring for a loved one that they neglect their own well-being, which may affect the quality of care they provide.
Taking the time to care for yourself
Giving care to a loved one is hard, hard work: usually both emotionally and physically draining. In order to have the energy and strength to continue to provide care, a caregiver must take care of themselves.
The following resources help to assess one's personal balance in caring for a loved one.
Respite simply means rest. Respite can come in many forms: even a few minutes away from non-stop caregiving can give a caregiver the energy to continue. In BC, care and support are available from voluntary organizations (such as DVHS), publicly subsidized providers, and private pay service providers.
Home and Community Care:
Detailed information on the full range of publicly subsidized home and community care services including eligibility criteria, how to arrange for care, costs for services, how to manage care, accountability and concerns and complaints.
Caregiving Resources: Information and Practical Advice