Caregiver's Heart Wheel

Caregiving is a journey with a beginning, a middle and an end. And the Caregiver’s Heart Wheel of Caregiving With Purpose helps you in each stage of your journey.

Whether you are a long distance caregiver or share the same living space, you are a caregiver and can find the help and support you need here.

The Caregiver’s Heart Wheel for CaregivingWithPurpose.com is in the shape of hearts and follows the caregiver’s journey and heart. Follow the hearts around the Caregiver’s Heart Wheel as you progress in your caregiving journey…

 

Beginning Caregiving Vortex
 
Many caregivers have a sudden introduction to caregiving.
 
“The Call” often comes unexpectedly, sometimes in the middle of the night. That’s how it was for Lisa. Her father collapsed at home, and Lisa was called by the Emergency Room physician after her father passed.
 
Lisa’s mother Helen was unable to cope with all the arrangements. And she was no longer able to live alone. Lisa moved from daughter to caregiver in the blink of an eye… literally in a heartbeat.
 
She needed to start at the beginning, with Beginning Caregiving or Caregiving 101 with an introduction to caregiving and resources especially for new caregivers.
 
Giving Care
 
After the introduction to caregiving, the next part is giving care.
 
And that’s where Lisa found herself next… Giving Care.
 
Lisa and her family began making decisions with and for Helen. And with time Lisa became more comfortable with being a caregiver and all it entailed. Just when she thought she had everything lined up— life threw her a curve.
 
And she often found herself doing more and more. Now she was moving into more intensive caregiving.
 
She found herself needing additional resources and support, which she found here. And you will too.
 
 
Caring for the Caregiver
 
Too often missed is Caring for the Caregiver.
 
Lisa found herself so busy giving care, she neglected her own health and needs. And her doctor noticed when she had signs of stress.
 
Caregiver stress can sneak up on you. And it can have long term consequences, including serious illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, hospitalization and even the caregiver passing before the one receiving care.
 
Reducing and eliminating caregiver stress needs to become a priority before it becomes a problem. And here you’ll find out more about it.
 
Caring for the caregiver is an important part of caregiving.
 
If you don’t care for yourself, who will?
 
Probably no one. You need to be in top shape for more than surviving ~ thriving in caregiving.
 
Crafts for Caregiving Vortex
Crafts like knitting can help both the careigver and care recipient.
 
Lisa discovered this while caring for Helen. Both of them are knitters, and they love to go shopping together. They enjoy picking out supplies for new projects.
 
Even when Helen doesn’t feel like knitting herself, she enjoys “supervising” Lisa and seeing how Lisa’s project are progressing.
 
And Helen has a “stash” that has some yarn from decades ago.
 
Crafts for Caregiving is about how crafts can reduce caregiver stress and help the caregiver. It is also about crafts that you can do with your care recipient – and how crafts can help them too.
 
End of Life Care Vortex
 
All journeys come to an end, as does caregiving.
 
It can end when the care recipient improves, circumstances change and someone else becomes the caregiver, or the care recipient reaches the end of her journey.
 
Lisa and Helen walked this part of the journey with help from hospice and an amazing support system.
 
Their journey and the resources here can help you too. End of Life Care is the stage devoted to hospice care and issues surrounding the final journey Home.
 
Living Beyond Caregiving Vortex
 
After Helen made her final journey Home, Lisa found herself at loose ends.
 
She felt grief combined with Empty Nest as her children became young adults. She gave herself time to grieve and found hope, laughter and love after the caregiving ended. Or did it?
 
Living Beyond Caregiving focuses on helping you continue your life after the caregiving ends, or changes.

 

 

 

Alzheimers Ribbon and Wheel

 

When Helen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Lisa was devastated.

She found herself in the grief of the diagnosis, then moving though it to find ways of helping Helen and coping with the changes it brought.

Alzheimer’s is about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias that affect so many elderly.

 

A HEART PLAN Heart

 

In the center of the Caregiver’s Heart Wheel is A HEART PLAN.”

You have a special heart to be a caregiver, and a special plan enables you to embrace your everyday challenges in caregiving.

“A HEART PLAN” is a system gently and lovingly empowering you to walk through the stages of caregiving.  It not only helps you deal with the everyday stresses you face, it is also a plan that makes sense. 

 

A – Accepting

H – Healthy Humor Helps
E – Eliminate negativity
A – Avoiding isolation
R – Reducing stress
T – Thanksgiving

P – Purpose
L – Love and forgive
A – Advocate
N – Nurturing

 

“A HEART PLAN” can be used in each step of your caregiving journey, which is why it touches each spoke of the wheel.  And it truly is the hub of the secret of more than surviving — thriving!

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