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8 Ways to Care for Caregivers

Taking care of others is no small task, but it’s a precious one, and it’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves so they can continue to take care of their loved ones. If we are unhealthy, we can’t meet the needs of others. Carly Bowers, wife of a burn survivor, shares simple and practical tips for handling the stress and exhaustion of being a caregiver—from the real-world experience of someone who's "been there".

Caregivers Caregiver Fatigue Compassion Fatigue Wellness Families and Friends Carly Bowers
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ABLS Resouces

List of References for burn injury survivors, their families, and caregivers.

Wellness Professionals Resources Parent Child Resources
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Addressing Sexuality with Adult Burn Survivors Guidelines for Staff

Addressing sexuality with burn patients is challenging, but is extremely important. This handout is designed to provide staff with concrete suggestions on how to deal effectively with issues of sexuality and intimacy.

Wellness Professionals Resources Health
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Adults Burned as Children: Buried Trauma

It was during the World Burn Congress in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1999 that I first became aware of the profound issues of unresolved loss and trauma carried by many adult burn survivors who had suffered their burn injury as children and adolescents. Unresolved and unprocessed trauma and loss negatively affect the ability to be happy, intimate, trusting, and spontaneous in life.

Wellness For Parents Phoenix World Burn Congress Parent Child Resources Grief and Trauma Parent And Child Getting Back to Life Trauma Childhood burns Childhood burn injury
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Beyond Surviving Tools For Thriving

Facing the world after surviving a burn injury presents unique challenges. This guide will assist you in responses to teasing, staring, and questions regarding your burn injury and help you STEP toward social comfort and confidence! (Guide also available in Spanish)

Getting Back to Life Wellness Resources Parent And Child
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Breaking Free of the Addiction-Shame Cycle

Although addiction is prevalent throughout the burn community, the issue is seldom openly addressed. However, the 2014 Phoenix World Burn congress included a session on Addiction and Shame, as well as daily 12-step meetings provided by local Alcoholics Anonymous chapters. In the following article, Megan Bronson and James Bosch, facilitators of the Phoenix WBC session, explain how addiction feeds shame and shame feeds addiction—both of which can act as a suppressor of spirit and a hindrance to trauma recovery.

Wellness Addiction Substance Abuse Shame Psychological Healing Psychological Recovery Burn Recovery Compulsive Behaviors
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Burn Discharge in a “Perfect” World: A Goal for the Burn Care Community

In a “perfect” world, we would not have a need for burn support groups, burn rehabilitation, The Phoenix Society, SOAR, burn psychologists, or burn reconstruction. The burn survivor would leave the hospital with perfect grafts, full range of motion of every joint, an appearance restored to the original, and only pleasant memories of the injury and its treatment.

Wellness Professionals Resources Grief and Trauma
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Calming Trauma - How Understanding the Brain Can Help

Several parts of the brain are important in understanding how the brain and body function during trauma. It is estimated that of 100 people who have experienced trauma, 25%, or 1 in 4, will experience PTSD. That’s also 1 of every 4 burn survivors. With statistics this high, we can conclude that this is a normal response to an extreme situation and not a pathology. Why understand PTSD? Understanding PTSD and trauma gives us back our lives.

Wellness Grief and Trauma Professionals Resources Trauma Stress PTSD
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Celebrating a New Life and New Opportunities

Burned by her ex-husband, Melisa faced a long road of both emotional and physical recovery. She made the decision to stop being a 'victim' and start being a 'survivor'.. and has found a new, healthy and loving relationship.

Women's Stories Burn injuires and abuse Getting back to living Emotional Healing Emotional Recovery Domestic abuse Survivor Stories Wellness
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Characteristics of a Healing Relationship

Healing relationships focus on creating a space where balance and harmony exist so that the healing process will be supported.

Wellness Getting Back to Life
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Characteristics of a Healing Relationship

Healing relationships focus on creating a space where balance and harmony exist so that the healing process will be supported. Healing relationships recognize that the emotional and spiritual well being of the people in the relationship are of paramount importance in the support of healing.

Getting Back to Life Wellness For Parents Intimacy and Sexuality
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Children at Risk After Traumatic Loss and Injury

Traumatic burn injury is often accompanied by multiple losses. These losses can be related to the burn injury itself (such as appearance or body parts) or the loss of significant persons in the child’s life, death of pets, and loss of material possessions.

Wellness Professionals For Parents Resources Parent Child Parent Child Resources Parent And Child Kids
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Common Questions Children Ask About Burns

This page lists some common questions children ask about their burns and corresponding answers.

Wellness Getting Back to Life Professionals For Parents Resources Parent And Child For Children Kids Parent Child Resources
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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue is a form of burnout that manifests itself as physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion. Too much caring and not enough self caring.

Wellness Resources Caregivers Professionals Compassion Fatigue
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Coping with Real, Remembered and Imagined Stress II: Exposure Methods

Recovery from a burn injury includes not only healing wounds and regaining physical function, but also reestablishing psychological wellbeing. After their injuries, burn survivors are often confronted with a host of new stressors.

Wellness Grief and Trauma Grief Trauma Getting Back to Life Stress
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