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Social and Emotional Support for Caregivers

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Understanding the Emotional Toll of Caretaking

When providing care for a loved one, increased demands and responsibilities can interfere with a person’s ability to invest in relationships and maintain social connections.

It is not uncommon for caregivers to feel a variety of emotions and stress, including:

  • Guilt
  • Helplessness
  • Anger
  • Pressure 

The Importance of Support and Socialization

At a time when the need for social and emotional support is the greatest, caregivers often face feelings of isolation that jeopardize their health and well-being. Social interaction plays an important role in maintaining a caregiver’s health by providing an opportunity for communication and an outlet for emotional expression.

In some cases, opening up to family and friends can increase their support and provide for opportunities for temporary periods of respite and relief from caregiving demands.

Sources of social and emotional support can include:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Religious organizations
  • Online support groups
  • Support groups
  • Professional assistance