Seven Principles of Family Caregiving


Help without hurting.

Be willing, able, and knowledgeable of your responsibilities.


Be legal.

Have the formal authority to represent and make decisions for the person in your care.

Accept assistance.

Do not attempt to go it alone.

Avoid panic.

Be a calm presence.

Be a "healing team" player:

patient/caregiver/family/professional providers/community.

Safety first.

Adopt best practices and avoid unnecessary risks.

Seek respite

and be vigilant about self-care.

Copyright 2016, Institute for Family Caregiving, Inc.

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