An initiative of Alberta Health Services in partnership with the Calgary Health Foundation, offering information, education and support to family caregivers.
Family Caregivers are family, friends and neighbours who provide unpaid support, care and assistance in a variety of ways to individuals with long-term illness or disability living in their own home, in a care-facility or a different geographical location.
This may take the form of providing emotional support, directly helping with various tasks, mediating with organizations and people who provide care or providing financial assistance. Many people do not see themselves as family caregivers even though they are giving their time and energy to help another person manage their activities of daily living.
Individual family caregivers are involved in unique situations, however there are a number of things that numerous family caregivers have in common. Some of these commonalities may be emotional stress, physical fatigue, lack of sleep, strain on family relationships, problems with employment and added financial costs.
One of the most important things you, as a family caregiver, can do is look after yourself. You can effectively continue to care for someone else only if you look after your own health - physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Services provided impact the lives of family caregivers in many ways: