Caregiver Phases and Coping Skills

It’s been a while, chalk it up as a Caregiver’s life, always something new to tend to, adjust to or figure out. I will give additional tips as I promised a few posts ago, but there are other bits of info I’d like to share first.

When I watched the webinar hosted by Leeza Gibbons, I found it to be full of information and in a way, a safe-haven of sorts. Though it was on the web and viewers weren’t together, I felt as if we were. We are or were facing the same thing, different of course depending on the person, but it’s a shared experience. I even tweeted to Leeza that when certain things were mentioned, the expression on her face was one of “this person knows exactly what I’m going through.”

In this post, I’m going to give you the Phases and Coping Skills (caregivers go through and use whether it manifests internally or externally) given by Helene Bergman, Social Worker, Certified Geriatric Care Manager, Board Member for the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers who was a guest panelist on the webinar.


  • Suspicion
  • Shock
  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Bargaining
  • Acceptance


  • Self Awareness
  • Optimism (positive toward change)
  • Flexibility Empathy (vs. Sympathy)
  • Frustration & Emotional Management
  • Sense of Humor
  • Sense of Confidence & Self-Esteem

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