Caregiving

Serving as a family caregiver, whether during a health crisis or chronic illness, is a noble, honorable and magnificent act of love. But caregiving can also be relentless, isolating and sometimes scary to have so much responsibility. At CaringBridge, we honor the selflessness of caregiving, and the parents, spouses, siblings, adult children and dear friends thrust into the role, often without warning, when life turns on a dime.

Thoughtful gifts for the caregiver in your life.
Caregiving

Thoughtful Gifts for the Caregivers in Your Life

As the weather begins to turn and holiday decorations starting taking their place, the worry of what to get others—including the caregivers you know—begins. Finding a gift for a caregiver doesn’t have to be stressful or time consuming, however. Here are a few ideas that might help you find the perfect caregiving gift. The Gift… Read More

Tips on how to keep a marriage together while caregiving.
Caregiving

Keeping a Marriage Together While Caregiving

Taking care of a sick loved one, whether an older family member or a child, can take its toll on a relationship. The caregiver feels pulled in many directions, trying to balance family, work, friends and caregiving. According to a survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving, caregivers can spend between 30 and 40 hours… Read More

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Keeping your job while caregiving can seem impossible but it doesn't have to be.
Caregiving

Keeping Your Job While Caregiving

Caregiving can often be uncharted waters. Add in the juggle of a day job, and it can feel downright impossible to navigate. What to do when an unpredictable, important personal situation and the need for a paycheck and professional outlet collide? Leanna Smith at the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in St. Paul, Minn., says… Read More

Caregivers, don't forget to take care of yourself.
Caregiving

Take Care of Yourself, Caregivers!

I remember the day I got my first gray hair. It was a Wednesday in June 2005 and the doctor had just told us my mom had multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Of course, the first thing my mom did after hearing this news was to look over at me and ask, “Honey,… Read More

Tips for Long Distance Caregiving
Caregiving

Useful Tips for Long Distance Caregiving

In-person caregiving can be difficult. Taking care of someone when you are doing it from a distance can feel downright overwhelming. The Mayo Clinic and the Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving have helpful suggestions if you’re just starting down that caregiving road, but don’t live nearby. Get Organized You’ll need information about your loved… Read More

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