Our Caregiving Initiatives

Denise

Our Caregiving Initiatives

Denise
daisy-712892_640We do our best to help family caregivers (individuals who cares for a family member or friend) feel better by decreasing their isolation and loneliness.We welcome you to get involved through any of our following initiatives:

36-Hour Caregiving Christmas Chat
Because we understand family caregivers may not be where they want to be and may need a place to go, Caregiving.com opens its chat room for 36 hours for any family caregiver and former family caregiver who needs a place to vent, share or connect over Christmas. Volunteers who currently care or who have cared for a family member man our chat room.

CareGifters
Operated through The Center for Family Caregivers, our non-profit organization, our CareGifters program sends $500 to a family caregiver in need as often as possible. (Your tax-deductible donation ensures we can continue to give.)

Caregiving.com
Through our website, we hope to bring good company, healing comfort and 24-hour support to family caregivers. Launched in 1996, Caregiving.com was the first website to add online caregiving support groups, daily caregiving chats and blogs written by family caregivers. Through its blogs posts, podcasts and video chats, Caregiving.com holds one of the largest online libraries of caregiving stories. (Not a member? Create your free Caregiving.com account and join us.)

Caregiving Advocacy and Awareness Volunteer Corp
As a group, we work together to create awareness of the family caregiver experience and advocate for better help and services. We begin in January 2016.

Family Caregiver Awareness Days
We promote seven Family Caregiver Awareness Days throughout the year: Job Jar Day in October, Cook for a Caregiver in March, Wear Green to be Seen in April, Labor Day Break in September, Bring Flowers to a Family Caregiver in May, Grill for a Caregiver in July and Kiss a Caregiver in November. Through these days, Caregiving.com hopes to create awareness of the family caregiver role within the community and within the family. And, they create opportunities for other family members to get involved. Sometimes, both family members and family caregivers struggle to communicate effectively with each other; the Awareness Days try to eliminate some of the communication anxiety.

Family Caregivers for a Safe Community
To ensure both family caregivers and their carees live in safe communities, I’ve started an awareness campaign to gain even more support for Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. And be sure to share your story if you (and/or your caree) have been impacted by violence in your community.

How Stressed Are You?
We believe caregiving stress is the overlooked epidemic in our communities. In 2015, we worked to raise awareness of caregiving stress in hopes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would track family caregiver stress and its source. We now take on the initiative ourselves, working to reach as many family caregivers as we can to track their caregiving stress and its source through our simply survey. In addition, we use our survey as an intervention tool to share resources, support and help for family caregivers. (Be sure to take our survey, How Stressed Are You?)

I Am a Family Caregiver
Share your story and we'll feature it on Caregiving.com.

I Am a Stressed-Out Family Caregiver
Tell us how your caregiving stress impacts you and we'll feature it on Caregiving.com.

Open House Chat: We open our chat for eight hours, from 2 p.m. ET until 8 p.m. ET, on the fourth Sunday of every month for both Caregiving.com members and visitors. Through out open house, we want to reach as family caregivers as possible to let them know they are not alone.

Show Us Your Support Group
Your support group could be the Monday morning you connect with friends over coffee at Panera–and they support you. Your support group could be your golf foursome, the group that understands your day so they focus on making your golf outing as relaxing as possible. Your support group could be that group organized by a larger organization that you attend once a month. Your support group could consist of two members or 20–it’s not about the numbers but about the giving and receiving of support. Whatever your support group looks like, show it to us.

Virtual Caregiving Conference: We hold a virtual caregiving conference, with presentations from family caregivers, on a Sunday in March. 2016 marks our Third Annual Virtual Caregiving Conference.

Working Family Caregivers
Tell us what it's like to juggle two jobs -- your career and your caregiving responsibilities.

For more information about caregiving initiatives, please call Denise M. Brown, Caregiving.com Founder, at 773-343-6341 or send her an email.