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Caring For Yourself While Caring For Others

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You're at work. The phone rings. Caller ID shows it's your mom. You sigh. Shake your head and wish the call would just go away. You think, "I was just there. What does she need now? How am I possibly going to get my work done?"

Most caregivers have other important and pressing responsibilities, so the added responsibility of caring for a senior loved one is likely to cause both emotional and physical stress on the caregiver. In fact, according to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care, 31% of family caregivers admit they'd like more help.

The first step in dealing with caregiver stress is to recognize the physical signs.

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Mary Alexander

Caregiver StressMeter

To help you determine what level of stress you may be experiencing in your role as a caregiver, a group of leading eldercare and caregiver stress experts have developed this brief survey.

Are You A Caregiver?

More than 44 million individuals in the U.S. and Canada are family caregivers. Yet few of these family caregivers identify themselves as such. Why?

Caregiver Distress Risk Factors

Sometimes the responsibilities of caring for a family member can go beyond just “stressing you out,” and instead can put you at risk for developing long-term health issues. When the pressures of caregiving build up, a family caregiver can move from just being stressed to actually suffering from "distress."

Caregiving Support Groups and Other Resources

Caregiving can be a lonely experience. Use this list of resources to find a local support group.

Caregiver Stress Can Lead to Caregiver Distress

The pressures of providing senior care can cause long-term health complications for the care provider. The stress of caregiving can actually build up to cause caregiver distress.

Executive Summary

Download a PDF copy of the Daughters in the Workplace North American Research Report, conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network.


A list of North American resources for the Daughters in the Workplace program.

Quiz: Can you take time off work to care for Mom?

You typically have nine months to prepare for the birth of a child, but sometimes it can feel like you have only nine seconds to prepare for a crisis with your senior loved one.

Take the quiz to see how much you know about the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) and other work benefits you may have access to.

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