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Practical Insights for Busy Caregivers

Mapping out the web of people who support you and the person you’re caring for

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June 26, 2018, by Paul Cavanagh, caregiverexchange.ca

Atlas of Caregiving, a forward-thinking California-based non-profit, has developed a simple tool to help family caregivers get a better sense of who’s part of their support system. It’s called a CareMap, and it can be drawn with just paper and pencil.
 
A CareMap centres around the primary caregiver. It shows all the people who are involved with the caregiver or the person being cared for (including friends, family, health professionals, even pets). It may raise questions like
 
  • What would happen if one of the people on my map weren’t available?
  • Are people aware of each other’s involvement?
  • How do I coordinate? Communicate?
  • Who doesn’t appear on the map who could be involved?
 
We invite you to draw your own CareMap. You may be surprised by the results. Tell us what you thought of the tool on our Caregiving Forum. Let us know what it helped you learn about your situation. Hear what others have to say.
 
If you’re a health service provider, consider introducing the tool to family caregivers you meet. It may help you get a clearer picture of how well they’re supported. Where gaps in formal services are apparent, you can use our Find Services tool or thehealthline.ca to point them to relevant programs. For pointers on how to create an informal circle of support (made up of friends, family, acquaintances), check out our Share The Care™ article.