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In Six Words, How Do You Define Caregiving?

DictionaryOn a regular basis on, 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 (“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!)

About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched 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.


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    Finding out what is really important

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

    “Delivered with Compassion, Excellence and Reliability”

  3. The joyful art of giving back.

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    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.”

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    This is so sweet, Jane! True but sweet!

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    Learning not take things for granted.

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    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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    “Simultaneously a marathon and a sprint.”

  9. Avatar of Squirrel

    Completely rearranging priorities because you care :)

  10. Avatar of Bob

    Challenged to face something that you don’t expect.

  11. Passionately pouring care from the heart.

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    Morning Noon Night Full Time Care

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    A Meaningful experience that is hard

  14. Avatar of Bob

    Posted mine in the wrong place (lol)

  15. The laying down of your life for a parent,spouse,child or friend with sacrifical love.

  16. Avatar of ejourneys

    One heart navigates in two worlds.

  17. Avatar of Jo

    Part of the continuum of life

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