In recent weeks, I’ve heard from so many caregivers who are struggling. Each story is different, yet there’s always a common thread; these folks are exhausted, overwhelmed, and giving their absolute all to provide their loved ones with the best care possible. Many are also isolated and feeling as though they’re out on an island alone, often with very little hope for the future.
Focus on the Caregiver
If this sounds familiar, there are resources available to help. Not everyone has the luxury or freedom to attend in-person support groups, so they turn to virtual alternatives, and one of the best options out there is Caregiver’s Survival Network.
At CGSN, the sole priority is you – the caregiver – and your wellbeing. It makes no difference whether you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, cancer, or another illness, you’ll find resources that will help you cope with stress, exhaustion, and that feeling of being alone. CGSN also lets you connect with other caregivers in situations similar to yours to share resources, tips, and experiences. Find a sympathetic ear or lend one; build a support network by connecting with people who understand what you’re going through.
Your 24x7x365 Support Group
Some of the features you’ll find on Caregiver’s Survival Network include:
- Blog covering caregiver stories, book reviews, news, interviews, and other areas of interest.
- Communities organized by themes such as long distance caregivers, sibling caregivers, and dementia caregivers. Topics are broken down further into sub-topics like Alzheimer’s, early onset, and Lewy Body Dementia, making it easy to connect with others on very specific issues of concern to you.
- Learning Center offering tips for dealing with your loved one’s depression, fear, anxiety, and pain, among other things.
- Journaling space that can be shared with your friends and other CGSN members or kept private.
- Suggested reading list organized by subjects such as self-care, caregiver stories, and grief.
- “CareCards” to inspire, comfort, and bring a smile to your face.
- Organizational Toolkit including examples of strategies that have worked well for other caregivers. Soon this space will also include templates for things like medication tracking and care notes.
- Financial planning tips and resources.
- Links to hundreds of other blogs and caregiver resources on topics like advocacy, bereavement, special needs parenting, and healthy living, as well as a number of resources categorized by condition; for example, cancer, dementia, and stroke.
By Caregivers for Caregivers
It’s very evident that Caregiver’s Survival Network was borne of someone’s personal need to connect with others who know the challenges of caregiving. Founder Adrienne Gruberg has walked in your shoes, and he fact is, until you’ve been a caregiver, it’s impossible to fully relate to the complexity of emotions involved. The folks at CGSN have done a beautiful job of creating a safe place to share experiences and feelings without fear of judgment, while providing a tool chock full of information to help make the lives of caregivers a little bit better.
Check out the site and leave a comment here letting us know what you thought.