Accepting the Gift of Caregiving

Learning from experiences is a gift.

It does not matter the age, gender, friend or family,
or if you call a caring person a caregiver, a caretaker, a care partner, aidant principal, la cuidadora,
or an angel of mercy . . .

. . . ready for the caregiver challenges, the confusion, the new routines, the loneliness, the new concerns and values, as newly found perspectives of your life transform you into a caregiver?

It has been said that “caregiving is doing everything for another person that you would do for yourself, plus then taking care of yourself, too.” You become ‘one person living in the shoes of two people.’ – not a very balanced or secure feeling.

“Becoming a caregiver is not a role that most people think about, dream about or even prepare for. But eventually everyone is drafted into, and transformed by the caregiver role …it infuses all aspects of our lives”

From Growing Together – Transformation to a Caregiver” – from Stories for Caregivers’ video

We do know that at some point in our life, most of us, man or woman, will likely, unexpectedly, be accepting the gift of caregiving, walking along that bumpy path with a loved one.

We have witnessed that the caregiver role does not arrive in a timely manner- you won’t be ready and it won’t wait for a convenient moment!. The role does not hold back for someone to be physically able, socially stable, confidently educated or financially ready for ‘what if.’

But with the resources, support and information available, be inspired to do the best you can with what you know at any given moment.

Archie Bear cares for Annie B

This blog is not a medical site, we do not give diagnosis, and do not offer a ‘how to do it’ format. We know there are so many unique experiences, that it is too difficult to know how anyone else’s life will flow.

Learning from experiences is a gift.

And so what we can share are our gifts of experience, what we have gone through, the emotions we have felt, the unique experiences we have had. The intention is that the words from experienced caregivers will help dissolve the anxiety of the unfamiliar and create courage for what ‘s ahead among those who are drawn to learn.

Accepting the Gift of Caregiving” Copyright (c) 2021-2023 Judith Allen Shone

DO YOU UNDERSTAND the caregiver’s life?

Do you yearn to feel encouragement and support?

Those who do, will resonate with the shared experiences, both here and in the two books.

Available to order from local booksellers or from online sites that offer eBooks, paperbacks, and hardcovers, including Amazon.

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