The Gift of Support and Care

As family caregivers, we all need outlets, good resources and caregiving friends who understand our caregiving journey. Being a member of is like having an extended family where you find your outlet, your good resources and great friends. Being a part of is like having an extended family which is all put together with the soothing style of Denise Brown. If you are a family caregiver, about to be a family caregiver, visit Caregiving and join our extended family. I know you’ll feel the love and support that we all need during our caregiving journey. — Chris, who cares for his partner (You can visit Chris at his profile page: @thpurplejacket.)

Before Denise and the community’s support, I felt alone while navigating my Mom’s caregiving journey. Now, I can blog as much as I like on the website and I adore that creative end of it. I get extra support from my friends on the website too which is so important. I try to enter the daily member chats to get support too. I love this part also. I am so happy to have found and to have joined. It could not have been a better choice nor opportunity for me in my present lifestyle and happenstance. – Gail, who cares for her mom (You can visit Gail at her profile page: @gail.)

We are all looking for a place to belong, where like-minded people are, who can answer questions, help us through a rough patch or just someone to whom we can vent our frustrations. The only place I’ve found that covers all of these areas and more is I hate to steal a Cheer’s reference, but it says it all. “Come to a place where everyone knows your name.” We all have different primary care issues but all have the issues that come out of them–stress, concern, happiness, worry, organization. So why not share them with other like minded caregivers. — Richard cares for his mother, co-cares for his brother-in-law and is a caree himself (You can visit Richard at his profile page: @kreisler.)

We’d love for you to join our community on!

A membership is an investment in you–your well-being, your peace of mind, your future.

We’re a community of family caregivers sharing stories, support and solutions. When you purchase a monthly or annual membership, you can share and connect with others who care for family members. Our members care for spouses, parents, partners, in-laws, grandparents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles and friends. To purchase your membership, just go here.

Founded by Denise M. Brown in 1996, was one of the first websites to incorporate online support groups, feature the blogs of family caregivers and add a social networking community. Denise’s insights about the family caregiver experience have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Reuters and Chicago Tribune as well as on and

A membership also makes a great gift for your parent, spouse, friend or other family member who cares. When you purchase the gift of a membership, we contact the gift recipient with details and information about their account.

Worried about how a membership will fit into a tight caregiving budget? Ask a family member or friend to purchase a membership for you as a gift. Or, email Denise to learn about scholarship options which cover the costs of a membership.

A membership to is just for you; it’s your place to share, connect, vent and receive. Our members-only benefits include:

  • Access to our 24/7 chat as well as our two daily scheduled chats;
  • Weekly telephone support groups;
  • Weekly video chats to connect and share with other members;
  • Access to recordings of our telephone support groups in case you can’t make them;
  • Access to our groups, including VRide (to help you get and stay fit), Three Positives (to help you find the good in the day), Beautiful (to help you find the beauty of your day) and Caregiving Happiness Project (to help you find happiness during a really tough time).
  • Access to our Classifieds section so you can sell equipment and supplies you no longer need;
  • Access to our Questions section so you post your question as well as answer questions from other members;
  • The ability to create your own group;
  • An option to start a blog about your caregiving days;
  • Access to our archived webinars (anyone can watch one of our live webinars, only members will have access to all of our archived webinars);
  • Support through our WAIT Buddy and Phone Buddy programs (you also can volunteer);
  • A weekly newsletter just for members with a schedule of upcoming events and activities;
  • Additional member-specific events and activities.

We have two membership levels: Annual membership and month-to-month membership. The cost to purchase an annual membership is $49.95. A month-to-month membership is $6.97. We understand the worry about recurring payments, so our month-to-month membership isn’t automatically billed. You have lots of flexibility with our month-to-month membership. You can purchase a monthly membership and then choose to renew it at another time in the future. You can decide that you want to purchase a monthly membership at certain times during the year or certain times during your caregiving experience. While the annual membership offers you the best value, the month-to-month membership offers you the greatest flexibility. To purchase your membership, just go here.

If you care for a family member such a spouse, parent, partner, in-law, grandparent, sibling, child, aunt, uncle and friend, this is the site for you. (Please Note: If you are not a family caregiver and join, we’ll delete your account immediately and will donate your payment to our scholarship fund.)

If you have any questions, please free to send me an email. You also can reach me at .773-343-6341

To purchase your membership, just go here.

7 thoughts on “The Gift of Support and Care


    My experience has also shown that caregivers connected with a support network always do much better. They’re emotionally better, better informed, and provide better care.

    • barb n

      I hope you are right! I feel like this is never ending and I know when its the end I will need more than my family. I guess at least I can recognize I need more understanding. Thanks for this insite on this site!

  2. barb n

    My family is new caregivers which consist of myself, my son, and my husband who is also a caree. Mom in law has dementia and my husband has chronic regional pain syndrome/ RSD. My son has stepped up and moved in with mom. Days are difficult but nights are a blessing! I’m glad I found this site. We feel disconnected with family and friends! It would be nice to connect with people who understand what our family may be going through.

  3. Karen

    Barb, I am so glad that you found this site. You certainly have a lot on your plate.

    Denise and all of the caregivers who share here have been a real blessing to me. It’s easy to feel isolated, as caregivers, because we have SO many demands on our time and those who have not been there cannot truly comprehend the emotional, physical and often financial drain that caregiving places on you. Everyone’s caregiving experience & situation is unique, but we all experience similar emotions and difficulties.

    Hugs, Karen

    • barb n

      Thanks 4 the hugs Karen. They are few and far between. Tonight is the first night in a long time that I am alone more than 30 min. feels great! I was able to see mom and chat for a few moments that were priceless. She is on new meds and its getting hard to talk with her. But she keeps asking for her mom and dad! She looks at me like she doesn’t understand they have been gone more than 40 yrs. I’m telling her they are happy and together! That works for now! Have a good week!

  4. Marsha

    It’s important to keep the positive in mind when caring for an aging parent. While caregiving is an emotional, physical and financial commitment, keep in mind the fact that this parent invested the emotional, physical and financial challenges when you were growing up under their roof.


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