Family Caregiving

Note: this blog post was originally published on a former site,, in a slightly different form.  

What is a Family Caregiver?

“More than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. ”

That’s how many of us there are. “Family Caregivers.” We’re the ones who give direct care until our backs give out, or the wanderings of our loved one or some other problem become too much for us to handle. Often without complaining. The thing is, we tend to think of ourselves as “giving love” so sometimes it doesn’t seem to register on our conscious brains that we are “care givers.”

We have a tendency to work ourselves into complete caring burn-out if we’re not careful. It’s sometimes called “compassion-fatigue.”

I hope this site and the other sites it points towards will be long cool drinks of refreshment for you during your care-giving day.


Laura D. Sanders