1. In the years I spent managing residential care homes mainly for dementia, I made a point of getting carers, relatives and close friends on board from the outset if possible and essentially lumped them with a few jobs helping out with things like dinner, laundry and generally putting everyone to use.

    Might seem cruel and like I just blatantly took advantage but there was method in the madness mainly to ensure people didn’t feel isolated or unwelcome and uneasy about visiting their loved ones on a daily basis and start tailing off and cutting visits short. The other reason was so they had a continued role in which they were still needed, welcomed, busy and on the go amongst friends long after their loved ones have gone.

    Great post and such a good focus on what is sadly still a neglected side to caring.

  2. This is the first time I have read anything about caregiving recovery. Thank you! I had a similar experience for nearly 7 years for both my parents. Writing and painting have been the best therapy for me. And now reading blogs like yours helps me understand that it takes time to adjust to a new way of life.. God bless you!

    1. CS, I’m glad you found your way with painting and writing. I wish more people knew about the life transition of Caregiver Recovery. Help me spread the word! I’m doing articles, blogs, and workshops on this important subject. Continue to take good care of yourself, CS.

  3. I enjoyed your post! I can empathize with your statements. I was my grandmother’s 24 hour caregiver for 11 years. Throughout our journey, we had many joys and struggles. When our journey ended, I was left with an emptiness or void. She was my life for 11 years. Everything revolved around her thoughts and feelings. When that was taken away, I was lost! I began to slowly adapt to this “new” lifestyle! I was still me and living in the same house, but everything was different! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi, there! I’m so glad you are adapting to your ‘new’ lifestyle. I understand the feeling that all is different and yet the same. I enjoyed reading your blogs, too – great work! thank you for all that you do!

      1. Thank you! Yes, they’re my fur babies! I haven’t had a chocolate lab…..yet!! But, hopefully will in the near future!! I love them to pieces! They were my self-care while caregiving!!

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