The Six Step Caregiver Journey
A health crisis is usually unpredictable and can create huge disruptions in the lives of the patient, spouse, family, friends, colleagues and partners. Health crises almost always lead to financial crises and inevitably to spiritual crises. Years of study and research can generally define the progression of a caregiver as the journey eventually will come to and end. either the care receiver will be healed, go into remission, remain in a chronic condition or die. BridgePaths focuses on the financial crisis and each step of the journey greatly change thinking, problem solutions and being free from the stress.
Understanding that the caregiving role will begin soon.
Begin to take steps to prepare for this new role.
Dialogue w/ co-workers and friends change.
Gain a new perspective.
Period of rapid learning.
Goal is to overcome ignorance via flooding the mind with trustworthy
Early sense that this is bigger than initially thought
Calendar dominated by endless medical apt., tests, seeking 2nd and 3rd opinions.
Worst fears begin to emerge with lacking confidence and knowing who to trust
Waiting for test results and diagnosis.
Anxiety and stress increase
Diagnosis & Treatment
Involved in all aspects of giving care to a loved one.
Happy to help, but ask "why me?"
Exhausted, physically & mentally.
“Awfulizing” the situation
Caregiver role transitioning or ending.
Care level beyond is you, or time for them is short
Acceptance & forgiveness frequently heard; not certain how to apply
New Caregiver Identity
Loved one is gone.
NEW “Normal” emerges
Possible “Survivor regret & guilt”
“How do I move forward? What does all this mean?