Being on dialysis is difficult. Nearly 80 percent of adults who need long-term care depend on a family member to provide them with that help. Love is why caregivers risk their own health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, the lack of attention to their own health has lead many to become sicker than the person for whom they are caring. Support groups can offer both you and your caregiver an opportunity to be with others who share similar experiences. It’s a great place to hear how others have learned to cope and it is empowering to know you are not alone. To find a group near you, visit www.aakp.org/outreach
What can you do to improve your caregiver quality of life?