Caregiving Models from Dr. Aaron Blight
Dr. Blight’s models are useful for family caregivers to analyze and reflect upon their personal circumstances. The models are designed to serve as tools for learning and growth and may be applied to a variety of caregiving contexts. Licensed professionals are welcome to use the downloadable sheets to 1) use shared language to review circumstances with the family caregiver, 2) listen to the family caregiver’s thoughts, and 3) bring professional guidance to the discussion.
The Caregiver Resilience Model
Views family caregiving through a lens defined by roles, relationships, realities, rewards, and readiness.
The Pattern of Caregiver Development Model
Describes the process by which a family member learns to fulfill an emerging caregiver role.
The Caregiver Mindshift Model
Depicts the cognitive shifts in attitudes or assumptions that family caregivers experience over time.
Caring for another is one of the noblest human activities.
It’s also one of the most stressful, posing challenges that can be painful, confusing, and deeply rewarding – sometimes all at once.
When Caregiving Calls is an invitation to a deep conversation about caregiving and its meaning for you.
“The Caregiver,” A Poem by Dr. Aaron Blight
Poetry can encapsulate something in a succinct but profound way. I wrote this poem in an attempt to capture the unique qualities of a caregiving relationship, and I wanted to share it with you.
Chat Starters for Care Partners
Chat Starters for Care Partners contains over 100 pages of conversation prompts to help caregivers and care receivers make the most of their time together. Contact Caregiving Kinetics to purchase your copy today.
To discuss these resources and other ways to support caregivers, please contact Caregiving Kinetics.
Other Helpful Resources
These additional resources have been used to help family caregivers assess the impact that caregiving is having on them, not just physically but also emotionally.
Having issues within your caregiving situation?
The Emotions Worksheet from Caregiving Kinetics – an exercise that can reveal the emotional impact of continued caregiving.
Take The AMA Caregiver Self Assessment
The Caregiver Health Self-Assessment from the American Medical Association – a tool that enables caregivers to assess their behavior and health-related risks.
Caregiver Burden Self-Assessment
The Zarit Burden Interview Self-Assessment – an instrument that allows caregivers to measure their degree of caregiver burden.