Dr. Blight has assembled a collection of resources for family caregivers.

These materials and information may be used by therapists, counselors, social workers, and others who assume professional responsibility for clients that may be struggling in family caregiving situations. Caregiver support group facilitators, who are often looking for discussion-oriented tools, may find the downloadable resources on this page to be particularly helpful.

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

caregiver development cycle

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.

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.

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.

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