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Protecting Caregiver Health: When the Caregiver's Health Fails the Care System Can Collapse

Posted Oct 23 2010 12:00am

Think of it like this: Caregivers are the base of a pyramid. When the base collapses, the whole pyramid crashes. Many of us are “natural caregivers.” We put other people’s needs ahead of our own. It feels good to give. However, everyone has a breaking point. Whether it’s physical, mental, emotional, spiritual - or more likely a combination of all of these – if the caregiver breaks down, the whole care system can collapse. Caregiver self-care is vital to all involved.

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