Becoming a caregiver for a parent, spouse or other loved one is a selfless act—and one that often comes with many physical and emotional challenges.
Care-giving frequently requires a person to dedicate most of their time and attention to caring for the patient, leaving little time for other activities. That can swiftly and dramatically change the nature of relationships. In addition, caregivers might not feel equipped to provide the kind of care their patient needs. All of this can lead to stress and, when left unchecked, caregiver burnout.