Stage 4: The Pragmatic Caregiver

Keyword: WELCOME
Purpose: Welcome laughter, shared activities, and opportunities to forgive.

You are still absorbed with caregiving but have become more philosophical about your situation. You look for ways to find humor in the routine and occurrences on a daily basis, learn to forgive, and value activities that bring you and the caree together.

  • Find personal time to pat yourself on the back and remind yourself what a great job you are doing and what a gift you are receiving, as well as, giving.
  • When you find a humorous cartoon or inspirational saying, cut it out and put it on the refrigerator door or your bathroom mirror where you will see it frequently.
  • Look through photo albums and pull out funny pictures of yourself and your family.
  • Avoid depressing books, TV shows, and movies.
  • Review the Symptoms of Caregiver Burnout from the Family Caregiver Education Program of Area Agencies on Aging and Disability Resource Centers (insert pdf)
  • Visit an online support group like www.caregiving.com to read humorous stories by others like you who are caregiving
  • Find a book of jokes to keep by your bedside or the bedside of your caree
  • Check out from the library or purchase any of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series for caregivers.
  • Websites with jokes for caregivers:
    http://www.senior2senior.org/jokes.html

Step 5: The Transitioning Caregiver