At the very heart of The Joyful Caregivers Guide is our hope to encourage you, even inspire you to cultivate a happy life while you are caring for another.
This website was born out of our passion for the elderly and our desire for those who are ill and approaching the end of their lives to receive good care.
We hope to bring you the assistance you need by providing excellent information, and helpful hints and tips through short stories of our caregiving experiences.
Preparing the home, getting organized and learning how to give personal care are important preparations. Being prepared builds confidence in our ability to provide good care and helps us to remain calm during difficult or stressful times.
Taking care of ourselves as we give care to another is equally important; and nourishing our soul is a requirement for joyful caring.
"When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy." ~ Rumi, 13th century Persian poet and theologian
We often experience joy while caring for our loved ones, but we must admit, we were not always joyful! We tire, we vent and our patience runs thin. During times like this, we remind ourselves to restore and nurture our tired bodies, minds and souls. The respite replenishes our spirits and we are ready again to do better. The caregiver's journey is like that.
Finding and sharing your joy with the one you are caring for is deeply rewarding. May you discover and explore the many opportunities to create and nurture this spirit of joyfulness while you are giving your time and loving care to another.
We wish you the very best,
Mary Jo and Jan
"Joy is an attitude; it is the presence of love--for self and others. It comes from a feeling of inner peace, the ability to give and receive, and appreciation of the self and others. It is a state of gratitude and compassion, a feeling of connection to your higher self." ~ Sanaya Roman, Living With Joy