iCareforCaregivers

iCareforCaregivers

#iCareforCaregivers is a special social media campaign that aims to raise awareness about caregiver isolation and stress and to inspire our community to care for caregivers. We will do this by sharing caregiver stories, ways you can care for caregivers, ways caregivers can care for themselves and more.

Join the conversation!

Get on your favorite social media platform, and share your thoughts with our fancy hashtag #iCareforCaregivers. Brag on caregivers in your life. Share a way that you care for caregivers. Share your caregiving story. Raise awareness about caregiver stress by sharing one of our blog posts or stories (see links below). Encourage your friends to love on the caregivers in their own lives. Let’s create a buzz that will inspire our community to action.

Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’ll be posting lots of great things about caring for caregivers in the coming weeks. Feel free to share and comment on any of our posts. And please tag our pages if you decide to join in on the conversation. We’d love to hear from you!

For Non-Caregivers

31 Ways to Care for Caregivers
How to Communicate with Someone Who Has Dementia

For Caregivers

Caregiver Wish List: How Caregivers Can Ask for Help and How Others Can Offer Help

Caregiver Stories

Salpy’s Story: Going on Vacation with Gladness, Not Guilt

November Purposeful Acts of Kindness Challenge

You’ve probably heard about random acts of kindness, but we’re encouraging everyone to engage in purposeful acts of kindness for caregivers this November. Each week we’re going to be challenging you to engage in one purposeful act of kindness. And be sure to share on social media if you participate! Why? Because we want to spread the word. Your participation and sharing may inspire your friends to join in. If you participate, share about it on Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to tag our page and use the hashtag #iCareforCaregivers.
Week 1, Nov. 1-6: Send an encouraging text or mail an encouraging card.
Week 2, Nov. 7-13: Invite a caregiver friend and their loved one over, or invite them out.
Week 3, Nov. 14-20: Take a treat to a caregiver friend (examples: plate of cookies, a snack, gift certificate for a manicure, adult coloring book with nice colored pencils, a favorite book).
Week 4, Nov. 21-27: Share with a caregiver friend or family member why you’re thankful for them.

How did #iCareforCaregivers come about?

We have noticed a pattern of caregiver stress and isolation among the families we serve. Too often while someone is caring for a loved one, friends and family pull away as the disease progresses. Social and support circles for caregivers and their loved ones disappear. On the other hand, we have noticed that funerals for former clients are often packed – standing room only. Which leaves us wondering: Where were all these people?

Where were all these people when this caregiver needed support? When this caregiver just needed to get out of the house? When this person with dementia needed to feel wanted and normal? Maybe friends and loved ones of caregivers don’t know how to care for caregivers. Maybe caregivers don’t know how to ask for help. Maybe people don’t know how to interact with someone with dementia, don’t know how to communicate or what to say. Maybe our community just isn’t aware of how stressful and isolating caregiving can be.

With #iCareforCaregivers, we hope to address these issues by sharing ways people can care for caregivers, advice for caregivers on asking for help, tips on communicating with someone with dementia, and information on caregiver stress and how to reduce it.

What is the purpose of #iCareforCaregivers?

The purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness about caregiver isolation and stress and to inspire our community to action. We want to reduce caregiver isolation and stress one good day at a time. We want caregivers to feel seen, loved, and surrounded by support. It’s a tall order, but we think this can happen with your help!

What are some goals of #iCareforCaregivers?

  • Empower caregivers by sharing their stories and encouraging others to share words of encouragement
  • Educate our community about caregiver isolation, caregiver stress, dementia, and more
  • Foster a dementia friendly community that embraces and surrounds caregivers and their loved ones
  • Inspire people to go see and do things for the caregivers they know
  • Share practical tools for non-caregivers (how to help, how to best communicate with those with dementia, how to spot caregiver stress and what to do, etc.) and caregivers (how to ask for help, resources, stress relief, etc.)

How do I use a hashtag?

Great question! Do you have a favorite social media platform, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? That’s where you want to be using our #iCareforCaregivers hashtag. When you use a hashtag in a Facebook post, tweet, or Instagram picture caption, you’re categorizing those things that you’re sharing. So when someone goes on that social media platform, he or she can search for that hashtag (for example, #iCareforCaregivers) and see what everyone’s been saying and posting about the topic. Think of it as a file folder for a virtual conversation. So if you want a share a way that you’re caring for caregivers, or if you want to brag on a caregiver in your life, be sure to tack the hashtag on to your post or tweet.