A Mother's Reflection: Can Caregiving Be A Form Of Self Care?

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Whitney Bailey
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The Caregiver's Living Room
Curated by
Whitney Bailey

“Care can be described so differently depending on the person and on the relationship,” says Donna Thomson, who used to be a full-time caregiver for her son Nick. In a recent blog post, she talks about how providing care for someone can be a form of respite.

Photo of Donna's kids, Alex and Nick

“I realized something about myself - I deeply enjoy caring for the people I love.”

Donna reflects on spending a week with her daughter (Alex) and her partner. She says she enjoyed taking care of Alex, even though Alex did not necessarily need to be taken care of.

Donna states, “There is such delight in offering comfort food, in morning and nighttime hugs and in late afternoon chats about future planning.”  

She poses a thought-provoking question -- “Aren't love and care two wonderful things when freely given and gratefully received?”

Donna reflects on how care can have a different meaning for people in your life, including your family members. “Care can be described so differently depending on the person and on the relationship. They say that the indigenous people of the north have 33 different words for snow. Maybe we should have 33 words for caregiving - or at least a different one for each member of our families,” she says.

Donna concludes her post by stating “care is complicated and simple all at once.” You just have to take it one day at a time!

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