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In Six Words, How Do You Define Caregiving?


DictionaryOn a regular basis on Caregiving.com, we look at words. We write about three different words each week in our Community Caregiving Journal. On Mondays, I post Weekly Comforts,  a reflection created from one word.

The big word which ties us is, of course, caregiving. But, it’s an undefined term, not part of dictionary.com (“No results found for caregiving,” I’m told when I search) and unrecognized when I complete my spellcheck.

So, let’s define. And, for fun, let’s create six-word definitions, like these:

Blood, sweat, tears shared by two.

Helping one end and another begin.

A disaster that ultimately gives back.

Share your definitions in our comments section below. I’ll choose a random winner on Saturday to receive a copy of  My Caregiving Journal and Take Comfort, the MP3 so you can write your words and find comfort in mine.

I look forward to reading your definitions.

(Update: Congrats to Sally, who on the journal and the MP3s. Enjoy!)

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.



  1. I’m an employee of BAYADA Home Health Care and I would define caregiving in 6 words as:

    “Delivered with Compassion, Excellence and Reliability”

  2. The hardest job I’ve ever had.

    Jane ~ mom to Nicole, 18 yo, VSD, PFO, Eisenmengers, PAH (dx 1/22/10) BHJS (dx 2/4/11)
    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you think, and smarter than you think.”

  3. My grammar was off on that last one, so I’m gonna try this again. Accepting and appreciating the life changes.

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