The End of Isolation
Caregiving Chat and connecting with a friend when you feel isolated as a caregiver can lift your mood. I am a long-distance caregiver; I have moved back in with my parents and visited my home, husband, and fur snuggle buddies. Losing touch with my childhood friends has kept me isolated. They’ve moved away. Also, I have very little opportunity to find friends. However, I do connect with my cousin, a childhood friend, which is a plus. It takes my mind off the stressful situations I find myself in as I care for my elderly parents.
My time and energy are lovingly devoted to my parents. Although my cousin and I communicate, she is only available to talk some of the time because she works. Nevertheless, we occasionally watch a movie and have lunch as time permits.
I have journaled for four years as I care for Mom and Dad. I have video logged my days, written about our excursions, and reached out to other caregivers during my free time. I finally found a chat where I could vent and communicate. Finding that Caregiving Chat and the hosting website took a year and a half. Excitedly, I posted my musings on the blog portion of the website, and it was a welcome release. Although no one commented on my first post, it was a good feeling to get it out there.
Through the caregiving chat, a few of us became regulars; we bonded and developed a long-lasting friendship. But that chat has since folded and is no longer available. As a result, we created our caregiving chatroom for caregivers called Chat For Caregivers at chatforcaregivers.com. If you feel isolated, lonely, or frustrated, we encourage you to join us daily for one of our chat sessions. And if you are feeling good, it goes without saying, we’d love to have every caregiver experience the friendship.
10 a.m.–11 a.m. PST / 1 p.m.–2 p.m. EST
7 p.m.–9 p.m. PST / 9 p.m.–10 p.m. PST
Join us if you are up late at night in a different part of the world. Many have. Come when you can, no need to stay for the entire hour. Drop in and say hey!
Chat For Caregivers is a lovely small caring group of chat friends. Please visit and meet the ‘gang.’