Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
An efficient, supportive and understanding caregiving environment is one in which the entire burden doesn’t fall on only one person, but on a team of interconnected individuals. The process of creating such an environment starts with knowing what to do.
But this is only the beginning. It also takes focused intention and the confidence to act, to put what we’ve learned into practice.
Atlas CareMaps: Where Do We Go From Here?
By creating a hand-drawn visual illustration of a caregiver’s ecosystem, Atlas CareMaps have provided clarity for many overwhelmed caregivers. Atlas CareMaps promote a deeper level of understanding to the complex caregiving networks many Americans navigate daily. They also enable family caregivers to tell their story from a slightly more objective perspective.
The CareMap is a powerful tool. The CareMap Workshops that we have been piloting in Santa Barbara and across the country with AARP support have helped us to teach many people these skills.
What are the next steps after creating a CareMap? How can caregivers apply insights from their CareMaps to understand how to improve their daily lives?
Once you have completed the drawing of your CareMap, a few key questions to ask yourself are: