Elizz 5 LifeStages of Caregiving

Elizz 5 LifeStages of Caregiving

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Every caregiving experience is unique. Your journey may start at any stage and evolve in either direction.
Take this quick quiz to find out where you are on the Elizz 5 LifeStages of Caregiving.

Recently, has the one you care for had a significant medical/health event?
What statement would you agree with most?
When you add up everything you do in a week how many hours do you spend in your caregiving role?
Does the one who needs help require regular medical care?

Helping Your Stage: Helping

Caregiver starts helping ‘a bit more than usual’ with everyday activities like shopping, meals, transportation, appointments and banking. Help is mostly consistent with the existing relationship – i.e. family member, friend, neighbour, colleague.

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Involved Your Stage: Involved

Caregiving activities increase and may involve dressing, bathing and managing medications and treatments. This stage may follow a new diagnosis or hospitalization. Caregiving starts to affect one’s home and work life. Important to start proactive supports for caregiver wellness and preparation, though individual may not self-identify as a “caregiver”.

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Intensive Your Stage: Intensive

Often the longest caregiving stage, with complex and increasing care needs. Individual self-identifies as a caregiver. Without support, caregiver may be unprepared and experience unchartered emotions , family conflict and greater impacts on home/work life with risk of burnout and health issues. With support, caregiver may develop a sense of competence, strength.

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All Encompassing Your Stage: All Encompassing

Care needs are all-encompassing and may be 24/7. In addition to everyday activities, caregiver completes medical tasks and collaborates with health care team. Major impact on home/work life is likely. Without support, high risk of caregiver isolation, financial strain, burnout, and physical and mental health issues. With support, caregiver may experience a sense of mastery and stabilization.

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Closing Your Stage: Closing

Caregiving comes to a close through major transition – i.e. return to independence, placement in long-term care, or death. Caregiver may experience loss of the important caregiving role, in addition to grief, guilt, loneliness, acceptance and relief. Without support, risk of mental health issues. With support, caregiver finds ‘new normal’ for his or her own life.

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