The word caregiver is one that can apply to many different types of people. There are professional caregivers, familial caregivers, and even people who just naturally seem to take care of everyone around them.
So, what exactly is a caregiver then? Professional caregivers include people who work inside someone else’s home, usually an elderly or ill person, and assist their clients with daily tasks. These tasks could be anything from showering to light cleaning and cooking. Other professional caregivers include nannies and anyone who takes care of children in a professional setting.
How do you say thank you to the people who help us do all the things that we cannot, either for ourselves or for those we love? Keep reading through these caregiver quotes to find out!
Oftentimes, professional caregivers experience high rates of burnout because the people they are helping might be struggling with their own emotions and not be able to express gratitude.
Other times, many of their clients are nearing the end of their lives and when that time comes, the caregivers must process their grief. Some of these caregiver quotes express what it feels like on those hard days.
However, it is not just professional caregivers who struggle, read on to find out what it is like to be a familial caregiver.
Don’t forget to also check out these kindness quotes about caring for others.
Inspirational caregiver quotes
1. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia
2. “Caregiving is a constant learning experience.” — Vivian Frazier
3. “A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” ― Denis Waitley
4. “It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” — Mother Teresa
5. “One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” — Jim Rohn
6. “We rise by lifting others.” — Robert Ingersoll
7. “It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne
8. “Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.” — Cory Booker
9. “You have two hands. One to help yourself, and one to help others.” — Audrey Hepburn
10. “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” ― Carson McCullers
11. “We’re all just walking each other home.” — Ram Dass
Caregiver quotes for those who take care of the elderly and sick (words of strength for a caregiver)
12. “The day the roles reverse is foreign. It’s a clumsy dance of love and responsibility, not wanting to cross any lines of respect. It’s honoring this person who gave their life to you—not to mention literally gave you life—and taking their fragile body in your hands like a newborn, tending to their every need.” ― Lisa Goich-Andreadis
13. “Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy.” — Senator John Hoeven
14. “There will come a time when your loved one is gone, and you will find comfort in the fact that you were their caregiver.” — Karen Coetzer
15. “The disease might hide the person underneath, but there’s still a person in there who needs your love and attention.” — Jamie Calandriello
16. “Caregiving leaves its mark on us. No matter what we do to prepare ourselves, the hole left behind looms large.” — Dale L. Baker
17. “Doctors diagnose, nurses heal, and caregivers make sense of it all.” — Brett H. Lewis
18. “Offering care means being a companion, not a superior. It doesn’t matter whether the person we are caring for is experiencing cancer, the flu, dementia, or grief. If you are a doctor or surgeon, your expertise and knowledge comes from a superior position. But when our role is to be providers of care, we should be there as equals.” ― Judy Cornish
19. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Carl W. Buechner
20. “Be in the moment with them. They may not remember you are there, but YOU do.” ― Joyce O. C.
Caregiver quotes about the rewards and character traits the role develops
21. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu
22. “To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.” ― Tia Walker
23. “The simple act of caring is heroic.” ― Edward Albert
24. “Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.” ― Harold Kushner
25. “Caregivers attract caregivers and live in a community of love. They are energized by their caring, fulfilled, and they love life.” ― Gary Zukav
26. “I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.” — Veronica Roth
27. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi
28. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” — John Bunyan
29. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” — Charles Dickens
30. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou
Encouraging caregiver quotes for those tough days
31. “There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” — Rosalyn Carter
32. “During the 24/7 grind of being a carer, it’s all too easy to forget the fact that the person you’re doing so much for is, and is obliged to be, more resourceful than you in many respects.” ― Naoki Higashida
33. “My caregiver mantra is to remember: the only control you have is over the changes you choose to make.” — Nancy L. Kriseman
34. “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.” — Chogyam Trungpa
35.“God gave burdens; he also gave shoulders.” — Yiddish Proverb
36. “Like airplane passengers, let’s not forget to put on our own oxygen masks first … we are no good to our loved ones if we collapse under the strain.” ― Peter B.
37. “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” ― Emory Austin
38. “When the hard things happen to us it enables us to be there for someone else later.” ― Dawn Camp
39. “Regardless of what challenge you are facing right now, know that it has not come to stay. It has come to pass. During these times, do what you can with what you have, and ask for help if needed. Most importantly, never surrender. Put things in perspective. Take care of yourself. Find ways to replenish your energy, strengthen your faith, and fortify yourself from the inside out.” ― Les Brown
40. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.” ― Irish proverb
Caregiver quotes for when you need to know how much you matter
41. “Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.” ― Rollo May
42. “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ― Margaret Mead
43. “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” ― Tia Walker
44. “Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree
45. “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
46. “When you are a caregiver, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” — Unknown
47. “Sometimes our work as caregivers is not for the faint of heart. But, you will never know what you’re made of until you step into the fire. Step bravely.” — Deborah A. Beasley
48. “Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.” — Zig Ziglar
49. “Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” — Mason Cooley
50. “Some caregivers want to reciprocate the care they themselves received as children.” — Ariel Gore
Caregiver Quotes To Encourage Compassion and Love
51. “Caregiving has no second agendas or hidden motives. The care is given from love for the joy of giving without expectation, no strings attached.” — Gary Zukav
52. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
53. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” — Dalai Lama
54. “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” — John Ruskin
55. “Nurses dispense comfort, compassion and caring without even a prescription.” — Val Saintsbury
56. “To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; that is to be a nurse.” — Rawsi Williams
57. “Where there is love there is life.” — Mahatma Gandhi
58. “Caregiving is about holding space for people.” — Tammy W
59. “Caregivers need patience and a willingness to understand.” — Nonni N.
60. “To be a guest in someone’s home as a caregiver requires great trust. It is truly an honor.” — Roberta G.
Caregiver Quotes For Courage and Growth
61. Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” — Mother Teresa
62. “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones—the ones at home.” — Mother Teresa
63. “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely, and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” — Mother Teresa
64. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” — Mark Twain
65. “Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” — Steve Maraboli
66. “Nurturing is not complex. It’s simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.” — Mary Anne Radmacher
67. “Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.” — Anthony J. D’Angelo
68. “No one cares until someone cares; be that one!” ― Ken Poirot
69. “I follow three rules: do the right thing, do your best, and always show people you care.” – Lou Holtz
70. “You really can change the world if you care enough.” — Marian Wright Edelman
What did you learn from these caretaker quotes?
Ask any primary caregiver, like a stay-at-home parent, for an example of how difficult their days are and you will likely get a similar answer. It is rewarding and special to spend time with your children, and most of us who have done it, are aware that we are blessed with an opportunity that not everyone has in today’s world.
I know I always tried to remember that on the days when I was so mentally exhausted from my small people needing me constantly. Just when I thought I couldn’t take it anymore, they would need one more thing. It can also feel a little isolating because of the lack of adult interaction.
It isn’t just parents spending all day with their children who feel isolated and frustrated. This can also happen when adult children are their parent’s primary caregivers. Depending on the relationship between these family members, they might also struggle with guilt and fear of loss.
It is not an easy thing to do regardless of whether you are a professional caregiver or a family member taking care of a loved one. The important thing to remember is to approach each situation with compassion. A good support system and planning self-care activities can also make all the difference.
Which of these caregiver quotes and sayings resonated with you best? Share any tips you have for ways that caregivers can take care of themselves too, in the comment below.
May 3, 2022 6:00 AM EST