Caring is Organic
It flows from the love and respect one has for family, friends and humanity .
Because we love, we care. Caring Is Organic
Caregiving for a parent or spouse directly is typically thought of as rewarding. Providing care for a loved one can bring a sense of confidence that the she or he is receiving the best care possible and is often preferred by the care recipient over agency care. Caregiving agencies often give great care. However by providing the care oneself, caregivers report that they don’t worry as much about who the agency is providing, the financial costs associated with hired caregivers, whether the caregiver will be consistently available or how/if the relationship with mom or dad will be a positive source of support. Another important aspect of providing direct care for a parent, sibling or adult friend is that the relationship with a loved one can grow in many ways. Intimacy often increases as new insights are gained while spending longer parts of the day with one another. Relationships may be strengthened as each learns to trust the other more fully and deepens their understanding of one another’s needs.
However, there can be draw backs to providing direct care. There can be significant challenges as the role played by each member of the caregiving dyad changes and are sometimes completely reversed. There are logistical challenges as caregivers figure out how to balance many roles such as parenting one’s own children while caring for one’s parent – not to mention maintaining a relationship with one’s spouse. Some caregivers continue to work part or full-time. Finally – and I think this is the biggest challenge – adult caregivers typically work alone with very little support Many caregivers report missing the “water cooler conversations” with co-workers that tend to fuel ideas and offer support.
Caring Is Organic (CIO) is a personal network of caregivers who support one another online just by caring to read and respond to one another’s posts. Becoming a part of the CIO community is easy. A CIO subscription form is found at the bottom of this page that asks only for one’s email. When someone posts to the blog, all CIO members receive a notice that a new post has been published. You have the option of reading the post and sharing your own experience or ideas. However, there is no obligation to respond. CIO’s blog is monitored by a licensed Social Worker who keeps the conversation flowing, provides professional support as needed and works to make the blog a positive resource for adult caregivers. CIO is free of charge, anonymous and the site is up 24 hours a day.
Join this community of caregivers and begin to enjoy the benefits of developing your own personal support system. All that is necessary to post is a heart open to care and a spirit open to share. Join Caring Is Organic today and realize the strength that a community of support can offer!
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