It is essential for caregivers to explore and engage in various opportunities and structures for emotional and logistical support. Three circles of support exist for family caregivers:
- Immediate family members initially provide the initial support for caregivers. As children, spouses, brothers, and sisters step up to help their loved one, stronger bonds form in this first circle and the family perseveres.
- If immediate family support is not available, then the second circle – extended family, friends and community members – are relied on by caregivers. Second circle support may be garnered through outlets such as local religious groups, your family’s caregiving website, CarePages, or Lotsa Helping Hands.
- The third circle typically comprises of health-care and social service professionals. Should the first and second circles not be sufficient enough, this third circle is needed.
Continually remind yourself that you are not alone in this caregiving journey and that it’s so important to seek out support from all three circles.