When caring for a loved one, caregiver and care partner are often used interchangeably. But does it matter, or is this purely semantics? It may be subtle, but it counts!

When we refer to ourselves as caregivers, we tend to set a mindset of giving for giving’s sake.

Over time, we can feel depleted, resentful, and even trapped. 🥺

It goes both ways. Our loved ones can slowly feel their opinion or input have no value, as they are simply receiving.

It’s challenging many days to partner with the one we care for. There is so much to do; it seems easier to just “get it done.”   Often, we find that we have developed the idea that speed and efficiency are all matters. 💪

Is it possible to challenge that belief?

It changes the dynamic when we can pause throughout our day to include our loved ones in the care process.

On the days when you succeed, you and the one you care for will feel more empowered. Sometimes, we must remind ourselves that the person we care for has something to offer. No matter what stage of decline or illness our loved one is experiencing, they have something to offer. 🤲

Finally, I am reflecting on the times in our life when we might not be actively engaged in caring for another. Aren’t we always caring for each other in one way or another? How do we respond? Do we listen profoundly and negotiate with kindness when we disagree? Can we create a practice of “give and take” each day? 

Building habits of partnering in care or life, in general, is a win-win for everyone! Do you have any specific tips for care partnering?

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