Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes. They range in age from very young to ancient! They come from all walks of life, and they are known for their kindness, generosity, and their caring heart. The heart of the Caregiver feeds their passion for serving others. Caregivers are loving, nurturing individuals who enrich our lives and influence our society in countless ways. Many Caregivers find themselves needing to become more involved in providing care for aging parents or other family members as they get older. Does this sound like you? If so, then read on!
Every day brings its own unique challenges when you are a Caregiver. Perhaps your challenge lies in balancing your time between home, work, kids, church, and the needs of aging loved ones. You feel like a yoyo, being thrown in many directions and then pulled back again, never really focusing on anything for very long. Maybe your mom or dad resists your efforts to care, or they will only allow you to take them to appointments, purchase groceries, or help around the house. If you are a full-time Caregiver, you may feel isolated from the world and overwhelmed by the weight of care on your shoulders. We are here to offer encouragement, advice, and support along your Caregiving journey.
I'm Betsy Head, and my brother and I are family Caregivers for our mother, who was born in 1920. Our mom has lived her life in service to others. She taught school for nearly 40 years and also served her country in the Marine Corps during WWII. She is my motivation for this website. Her faith made her stronger, and showed me that I needed more than my own power to make things happen in this life. I need God's guidance, leadership, and love every day, and my mother showed this to me over and over again as she and my dad raised my brother and me. I hope through the resources you find here, you will be encouraged to keep on going, even when all you want to do is to run away.
At Heart of the Caregiver, we love helping those who are Caregivers! We're all in this together, so we hope you will join the conversation!