Who is a caregiver?
A caregiver is anyone who takes care of people who are unable to take care of themselves. There are different types of caregivers. In most cases, the main or primary caregiver is a spouse, adult child, or immediate relative. When the family is not around, close friends, colleagues or neighbours may fill this role.
The caregiving role
Caring for a loved one with a serious illness like cancer can be challenging, both mentally and physically. You may find yourself taking on new responsibilities while coping with your own emotions of seeing your loved one ill. These responsibilities can include understanding your loved one’s condition and helping them make decisions about care. You may also need to provide physical care and help your loved one manage uncomfortable side-effects of cancer and its treatment.
Your new caregiving role may have to be juggled alongside a full-time job, or other important responsibilities. This can be overwhelming and stressful, and can cause caregivers to feel fatigued, irritable, or even depressed. We hope you will find the following resources helpful in supporting you as you take on this very important role:
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