Caregiver’s Support System Checklist
woman writing down a personal checklist in her journal, thinking about ways to prevent caregiver burnout, feeling overwhelmed by caregiving responsibilities and needing support

I have a caregiving support system.  Yes ___ No ___

It includes family, friends, and spiritual/religious support.  Yes ___ No ___

Paid caregivers are part of my support system.  Yes ___ No ___

Family members are part of my support system.  Yes ___ No ___

I stay in contact with other caregivers.   Yes ___ No ___

Some caregivers live in my town/city.  Yes ___ No ___

Other caregivers have similar lives and concerns. Yes ___ No ___

A support group is part of my support system.  Yes ___ No ___

I use online caregiver support.  Yes ___ No __

My support system reduces the isolation I feel.  Yes ___ No ___

Laughter is part of my support system.  Yes ___ No ___

I take breaks from caregiving.  Yes ___ No ___

Written by Harriet Hodgson
Rochester resident Harriet Hodgson has been a freelance writer for writing for 38 years, is the author of thousands of articles, and 36 books. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support. She is also a contributing writer for The Caregiver Space website, Open to Hope Foundation website, and The Grief Toolbox website. Harriet has appeared on more than 185 radio talk shows, including CBS Radio, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. A popular speaker, Harriet has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, caregiving, and bereavement conferences. Her work is cited in Who’s Who of American Women, World Who’s Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories. All of Harriet’s work comes from her life. She is now in her 19th year of caregiving and cares for her disabled husband, John. For more information about this busy author, grandmother, wife, and caregiver please visit

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