take her to appointments
cook healthy meals for us
don’t know how to support him
help him every day
try to be there for her any way I can
moved home while he recovers
do all the housework and childcare
moved in with him to help
am always going to be there for her
dropped out of school to be with her
wonder if we’ll ever have kids
take care of him on Tuesdays
go to all of their doctor appointments
she stays with me when she’s too sick for school
know she’ll move in with me one day
take care of his finances
support us both while we figure things out
run her errands and mow her lawn
visit her three times a week
take care of each other
moved across the country to take care of her
stayed with her for six months after her leg was amputated
help her manage her treatment plan and support her
have managed his care for 14 years
do everything he used to do around the house
use all of my vacation to be with him
moved next door so I can watch her kids
gave up my career to take care of her
feel torn about my role in his care
worry how I’ll pay for her care
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Each of our lives is so different, but we have so many things in common, too. Tag your Instagram photos with #facesofcare to show the real people who are supporting so many others.
On Facebook? Us, too
These private Facebook groups are a safe space for support and encouragement — or getting it off your chest.
Taking care of a child (or grandchild or client) with special needs, a disability, a chronic or acute illness? Here's the place for you to connect.
Here's the place to talk about what it's like to take care of your partner, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, ex, or anyone else you're in (or have been in) a romantic relationship with.
All caregivers are welcome here. This is our most active group and a great place for 24/7 support.
Some conditions are life-long, others are simply long lasting. Here's a place to talk about caregiving that lasts for years.
All of our groups are LGBTQIAP+ inclusive, but this is a great space to share issues specific to the queer community, including polyamory and supporting someone in transition.
Young caregivers are often left out of the conversation. Here's a place for people under 35 to share their experiences and support each other.
Women are seen as natural caregivers, to spouses, children, parents, and other family members.
This is a space for everyone who provides care, no matter who you are or where you are in your caregiving journey
People approach caregiving like it’s a personal issue. It’s not personal when all of us face the responsibility of providing support for the ill, disabled, and elderly people in our lives.
There’s no one type of caregiver.
Most of us don’t even identify with the term “caregiver,” so how do we find support? There’s no one demographic in caregiving, it touches everyone. We need organizations that will give us the support we need in the way we and our loved ones need.
It’s more than being a good friend.
The healthcare industry has shifted more and more of the responsibilities of keeping people alive and safe onto friends and family — and health aids with little training, support, or pay.
Everyone deserves support.
We don’t care how many hours you put in or how long you’ve been doing it. If supporting someone in your life is on your mind every day, you belong here.
This is a space for everyone providing care.
Lots of organizations have rules for who can be a part — or ways to make people like us feel unwelcome.
This is a community of people who aspire to be empathetic, generous, understanding, and patient — to the people we support, to each other, and to ourselves.
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Community, not corporations
The Caregiver Space isn’t a front for a pharmaceutical company, a healthcare conglomerate, or the government. We’re a bunch of caregivers from all walks of life, coming together to support each other.
We can be totally honest about our experiences because this is a judgement-free-zone. Our experiences are all different, but we get it.
Not everyone has friends who understand or will even listen; that’s why we’re here.
We provide a safe and open space—at no cost—where you can be real about what it’s like to care for someone dealing with a serious disability or illness.
No matter what stage you are in your caregiver journey—whether you currently care for someone, are about to, or did it in the past—you’re welcome here.
Our community of caregivers is a place to ask questions, share experiences, get real answers, or just get things off your chest. Please do not use this space as a substitute for professional advice. We’re your friends, not your doctor.
Guidelines & Moderation
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Remember there is another human being who is likely experiencing some pain on the other end of the computer. We are here to support each other, not make caregiving harder.
As a community that welcomes all forms of diversity, we encourage a multitude of voices and perspectives.
Terms & Conditions
The Caregiver Space, Inc. is a peer support community. The information on The Caregiver Space is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions regarding medication or treatment. The views expressed by authors, volunteers, and members of The Caregiver Space are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Caregiver Space, Inc.
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