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Are you a Caregiver or a Caretaker?

How you see yourself and your role has a huge bearing on the kind of support you offer your loved one ?

6 Phases of Caregiving

Adapted from The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey by Denise Brown

There are 6 Stages or phases of Caregiving. These stages are not discrete and can have overlaps. The challenging nature of a terminal illness or a chronic condition is that some of the later stages or phases run in parallel and there are no fixed periods for any stage. The key, however, is the awareness of this journey and therefore a preparedness for it.

What type of a Caregiver are you?

Who you are as a person, your worldview, your experiences etc. play a significant role in how you navigate the role of a Caregiver. While there are certain social narratives around Caregiving, stereotypes about genders and expectations from relationships, the more we understand who we are, the better we can play the role of a caregiver.

Diagnostic - 7 Elements of Caregiver Wellbeing

Our overall wellbeing has various elements and given the overwhelming, stressful and traumatic circumstances of a caregiver, they are heightened in the case of a caregiver.

An assessment of which elements are replenishing and which are stressful in a caregiver’s life, depending on the life stage that the caregiver is in, the Caregiver Saathi can help, coach and counsel the caregiver to consciously, intentionally and mindfully create a unique personal approach to their wellbeing.

Adapted from Mind over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin

Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout

  • icon Not being able to laugh or feel joy

  • icon Withdrawing form activities and the lives of others

  • icon Irritability

  • icon High levels of fear or anxiety.

  • icon Impatience

  • icon Overreacting to commonplace accidents

  • icon Overreacting with anger toward a spouse, child, or older care recipient

  • icon Alienation

  • icon Feeling emotional withdrawal

  • icon Feeling trapped

  • icon Playing the "if only" games; saying over and over "If only this would happen." or "If only this hadn't happened."

  • icon Thinking of disappearing or running away

  • icon Disrupted sleep patterns

  • icon Altered eating patterns

  • icon Increased sugar consumption or use of alcohol or drugs

  • icon Increased smoking or strong desire to start again

  • icon Frequent headaches or sudden onset of back pain

  • icon Increased reliance on over-the-counted pain remedies or prescribed drugs

  • icon The inability to handle one or more problems or crises

  • icon Feeling hopeless most of the time.

  • icon Loss of compassion

  • icon Resenting the care recipient and/or the situation

  • icon Neglecting or mistreating the care recipient

  • icon Frequently feeling totally alone even though friends and family are present

  • icon Wishing simply “to have the whole thing over with"