Tell Us: Did You Volunteer?

Denise

Tell Us: Did You Volunteer?

Denise
hand-819279_640I listened to a webinar yesterday during which researchers talked about caregiving research.

During the webinar, a participant spoke about family caregivers who feel trapped by their caregiving experience. She mentioned that they feel much differently about their experiences than those who volunteer to provide care for a family member.

Her word choice--"volunteer"--struck me.

Did I volunteer, I wondered? I stepped in and up because my parents really needed and need help. I certainly wouldn't and couldn't not help. But, volunteering doesn't mean I won't feel trapped or swallowed by caregiving. And, volunteering doesn't protect me from sibling stew or burn-out or frustration or compassion fatigue or stress or worries.

What do you think? Is "volunteer" a word you would associate with your caregiving experience? Share your thoughts in our comments section, below.