Imagine working your job, but for no pay. But not just any job. This job has difficult and unpredictable days and countless nights spent in overtime—all without monetary compensation. This is the life of a typical family caregiver: working—often full-time— and not getting paid for it.
Just like the phrase, “You can’t fall in love with someone else until you love yourself,” you cannot care for someone else without caring for yourself. Because caregiving can be such a stressful job, forty to seventy percent of caregivers suffer from significant depressive symptoms, which can decrease a caregiver’s ability to provide effective care
The California Task Force on Family Caregiving would like to learn more about programs serving caregivers throughout the state.
The Credit for Caring Act can help relieve some of the financial burden of caregiving. Check out this article by Task Force member Kathleen Kelly to learn more about why you should support it.