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posted: September 30, 2005

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Timely Tip: Charting the Caregiving Evolution

Without a doubt, becoming a caregiver can be an emotional and most stressful time.  Here is a brief overview of the four steps caregivers experience when involved in such serious transition: denial, resistance, exploration and commitment. Knowing these steps can ease you through the transition.

For a firsthand portrayal of the caregiver evolution, including tips to deal with the ordeal, see the September 2005 feature article Are You Flexible: Entering and Exiting the Role of Caregiver.

Though some experience these steps in a quick linear fashion that take moments or only days to complete, others take longer and find that they repeat some steps before they are able to commit to their new role. For example:

  • Denial: Thoughts that could characterize this step are “This isn’t happening,” “They won’t be staying long,” or “This isn’t going to affect my home life at all.”  At the same time, feelings that arise are panic, anxiety, depression or avoidance.  
  • Resistance: It is typical in this phase to evoke thoughts such as “Why me?”  Or, “This can’t be happening.” Feelings of doubt, frustration, negativism, or distress are normal when going through this step in the transition.
  • Exploration: In this phase, feelings of confusion, excitement, insecurity, bitterness or uncertainty begin to mix with thoughts about moving forward and taking steps to accommodate the change. For example: “What if we tried renovating the bathroom to be wheelchair accessible?” or “Maybe home support can help on weekdays so I can continue to work,” etc.  
  • Commitment:   In this phase, the caregiver has accepted their new role and begins to look toward the future, make plans based on their new role, and feel more control over their lives.  Teamwork and problem solving are also a characteristic of this step.
-- J.L. Manji

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