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CAREGIVER: Easier said than done – why we shouldn’t give caregivers a tough time

ONE of the sad things about being a caregiver is that you can’t help everyone all the time. Not only do we not know everything (as no one really does), sometimes there’s only really so much one can do, earnestly and sincerely.

I’ve been a caregiver for nearly 30 years now for my son, my late parents, a few relatives and friends. They all had different illnesses and situations. While there’s a common thread in terms of general caregiving, a lot depends on the individual’s personality too. Time spent with them can be filled with gut-wrenching moments as well as elation, the sort you’ve never known before. Their joy becomes your joy and their sorrow becomes yours too.

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