The Four Stages of Caregiving
One of the hardest things about being a caregiver is isolation, the sense of being alone with a difficult job to do. To help you know that you are not alone and that there are resources to help you, we have written a Caregiver Handbook that includes The Four Stages of Caregiving. We hope this online version of the The Four Stages of Caregiving makes it easier for you to identify your needs, make educated decisions, find relief, and have the best caregiving experience possible.
The Four Stages of Caregiving covers caregiving from beginning to heavy home care to nursing homes and end-of-life care. Each stage opens with a short overview about what to expect followed by caregiving topics appropriate for that stage. You may see yourself in one of these stages, and planning ahead may make it easier to face the next stage with confidence. Caregiving issues are explained. Pinellas and Pasco County resources of many types are described. Some state and national resources are mentioned, also.
The Four Stages of Caregiving can be read like a step-by-step instruction manual for caregiving, one stage after another, or you may want to read the overviews and then skip around, choosing a topic that interests you and saving the rest for another time. Each of the four stages is listed below with a short description of what is covered. Click on The Four Stages of Caregiving: Table of Contents to see all the topics.
Click on the links below to go to the opening page of each of The Four Stages of Caregiving. When that page comes up, an overview of what to expect will be followed by links to articles that may be helpful at that stage:
Stage One: Getting Started
Stage Two: Finding Help
Stage Three: Heavy Care
Stage Four: Letting Go
If you would like to download and print a copy of the Caregiver Handbook, it is available on the Documents and Publications page of this website. Each section can be downloaded separately as an Adobe pdf file. There is also a link to free Adobe Reader software to enable you to access the publication. (If you have an older version of the software, you may need to upgrade in order to read the files.)