Redefining What It Means To Be A Caregiver

At Caregiver Collaborative, one of the most common things I hear is that people really struggle to identify as caregivers themselves. More often than not, when we hear the word caregiver, we think of those people who are providing intensive, 24/7 support to a person living with a serious, chronic illness or injury. But the reality is that caregiving is so much more than that. Simply put, caregivers provide care, formally or informally, to people who need assistance.

Power of Connection for Caregivers

Studies show that 40% – 70% of all caregivers report feelings of anxiety and depression, which can often be associated with the many feelings of isolation and loneliness many caregivers feel. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can be caused for a variety of other reasons too – including the need to provide literal 24 hours support, or the lack of connection to folks who understand your experience.

As a young person and as a caregiver, there is – in my opinion – simply nothing more important than finding people with whom you can connect and share experiences. To have others in a similar situation look you in the eye after you share something really tough and say “I get that, I’ve been there too” is one of the most impactful experiences of my life.

Navigating Complex Family Dynamics

Family dynamics can be challenging to navigate. Add in a pandemic and all of the stress we have been under for the past few years and overwhelming doesn’t begin to cover it. Now top it off with being a caregiver and it can feel next to impossible to navigate the dynamics. Know you are not alone if the idea of spending time with your family causes a spike in anxiety or stress. We are here to help.