Caregiver Self-Care

Care for Yourself

Providing care for a loved one can be rewarding but also stressful. It’s important that while caregivers are providing care to others, they don’t ignore their own physical, mental and social health needs. Explore the resources available for respite, mental health care and support groups.


Respite care is when someone else cares for your loved one for a short period of time so you, the caregiver, can take a break. Respite can be provided in a variety of settings (in-home or group settings) and can be offered for a couple of hours to overnight options. Learn more about planning for respite using the following resources:

Mental and Behavioral Health Support

Caregiving happens along with the rest of life, and it can be overwhelming. Caregivers who need extra support are urged to connect with a mental health professional.

Support Groups

Support groups provide caregivers with the opportunity to connect with peers to share the challenges and rewards of caring for a loved one. Connecting with others who have shared experiences (peers) can provide emotional support and guidance.

Day Services

Organizations, such as day care for children or adult day activity and health services facilities, provide activities and ongoing care in the community.