Regina's Caregiving Story

How long have you been a caregiver? Regina and her father
Regina and her father

10 years.

Who do you care for?

My father.

What are some of the things you do for him, as a caregiver?

I handle all doctor appointments and medication, I'm an overall patient advocate and support his personal needs.

What have been some of the greatest challenges in your caregiving journey?

Managing time; some weeks are extremely busy with doctor appointments. It is difficult to plan something in advance, knowing plans can change.

What are the most rewarding aspects of caregiving for you?

Seeing him happy and laughing. Knowing he feels he's not by himself, he knows he's cared for.

How do you stay connected to your personal passions and interests?

I schedule blocks of time for my needs. I find a daily self-care time and do either yoga or hiking, and that allows me to organize my thoughts around my clients and with my filmmaking work.
I've had to become more conscious and protective of my time. I only work with clients and projects that I care about and that align with my passions.

How does your family recognize and thank you for being a caregiver? Should Caregivers be recognized and thanked?

I'm not really thanked for being a caregiver. There's an occasional acknowledgment. It would be nice for others to understand what you're going through occasionally…but moreover, I'm reminded, that is my responsibility. So any recognition is an added treat.

What advice do you have for other caregivers?

  • Ask for help with family members (even if you can do the task, take an occasional break)
  • Explain your self-care needs to the person and family. Everyone needs to be healthy.
  • Incorporate your activities. Continue to do what's important to you.
  • Make doctor appointments so they correspond with your schedule.
  • Use resources (like wheelchair transportation on Access) when possible.