Family and friends who better understand the inevitable ups and downs can ease this caregiving journey. We provide you online peer support and resources, and 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. We keep our online communications respectful and responsive to your questions. 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 Caregivers On Stage 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 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.
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, anxiety, or insomnia. Understanding, compassion, patience, and a willingness to listen are priceless qualities which we’ll enhance through multi-media efforts (videos, podcasts, and blog).