As we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month in November, we’d like to honor the hard work and dedication of family caregivers. The theme this year is “Caregiving Around The Clock” because caregiving is a 24/7 job.

Managing the needs of a loved one is never easy. As long as the situation is safe for everyone involved, keeping your senior at home is a wonderful thing to do. But caregiving is also one of the toughest and most stressful jobs you’ll ever have.

As a caregiver, keep your own well-being in mind as you support your loved ones. Give yourself credit, and remember to take time to relax and be in a healthy state of mind to properly support your loved one. The patience and understanding that’s necessary for caregiving may turn into a stress overload, which can impact your own health and well-being. If you notice your health is negatively impacted by stress of the situation, ask for help or join a local support group.