The hard part is over.
I'm matching you with one of our specialists who will be calling you in the next few minutes.
I too am a nurse. I work in home healthcare, mainly in rehab. I also cared for my dad in my home for 5 years. He died last May. I wasn't sure I still belonged here after he died but I was reassured that I was still welcome so I come back to share experience and strength with others who are still caregivers.
I was on another caregiving website that had a lot less people and very, very slow response time. The people were great but the website really just went nowhere and was shut down. Then I found Aging Care and was very grateful. You're right, the response time is phenomenal. I hope you come back and let us get to know you.
if your a male you have stereotypes to overcome. do it with brute knowlege.
And yes, I have become very attached to the people I care for. In professional discussion there is such resistance to using terms like "friendship" and "love." I think it's ridiculous. You see someone for an hour a day, for five days a week, for years on end, and you're not friends? Of course my patients have been my friends. (And, by the way, I loved them like friends, and they drove me up the wall like friends.)
I understand that caregivers are people who are, at once, generally giving and in need of support themselves. It's a perfect combination for a forum like this one. Nonetheless, the numbers of responses here are astonishing. I saw one thread that got several hundred posts in just a few hours.