By recognizing that fact, we can (hopefully) gain some perspective, ask (we hope) for a little help here and there, (maybe) cut ourselves some slack, and -- this one’s really important -- understand how important it is to also take care of ourselves. While this list is not exhaustive, here are some of the most common signs that you have officially become your loved one’s caregiver.
You cook their meals
Maybe you cook them yourself, or maybe you arrange for meals to be prepped and delivered to them. Either way, you make sure that your loved one is eating a regular, healthy diet, because they are not fully capable of doing that for themselves.
You schedule their appointments (and talk to their doctors)
From scheduling check-ups and procedures to following up with doctors, the responsibility for making sure your loved one is getting the medical care they need is primarily yours. There are no missed doctors' appointments on your watch, and the binder you created and organized for their medical history and test results is something of a feat in and of itself.