Knowing, meeting, and/or communicating with others who understand your Caregiver Journey can be life-sustaining. Family and friends who better understand the inevitable ups and downs can also ease this journey. We provide you online peer support and resources, and we strongly encourage and assist in a network of in-person informal local peer groups. While social media is so prevalent, it can sometimes distance us from others, and even cause more serious actions through a tired, thoughtless comment. We’ll give you communication and education options to offer what best works for you and your family. Sometimes a brief phone call or a quick cup of coffee with a local peer or family member fills a gap you may only realize later is fulfilled through personal contact. A combination of peer and family support with mentors who’ve walked this path before you is a vital connection.
It’s important to feel safe and unjudged in whatever group or forum you use. Communications via VeteranCaregiver or through peer groups are done with great care to keep the discourse civil, helpful, and nonjudgmental. In moments of great fatigue or frustration, others may be unaware of how their casual remark can hurt, but we are here to help you and boost your capabilities to cope. We’d like you to thrive! We do not ascribe to the “Competitive Caregiving” that may exist elsewhere and kindly ask all to recognize that each situation is unlike any other — even if some aspects are similar and common to many.
Many challenges to Caregiving are best shared with another Caregiver, and those from other conflicts can be very helpful with diverse perspectives. It’s also important to know as much as possible about the medical conditions affecting your family, and to realize that over time, you (the Caregiver) could experience secondary symptoms of some conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress or PTS. As a family member or friend, you also benefit from our resources to better communicate and support others. Understanding, compassion, patience, and a willingness to listen are priceless qualities which we’ll enhance through multi-media efforts.