Founded in 2015, Caring for Family Caregivers grew out of love, passion, compassion and frustration. The Geary Family was faced with a crisis in 2006 when Mom, Eleanor, suffered a stroke that left her affected in many ways. She lost use of her left side, her ability to walk and the ability to take care of her own personal care. She lost her independence and ability to live on her own. As a family, there were many decisions to make and many unknowns about the healthcare system, Medicare, medical treatments, nursing homes, rehab facilities, home modifications, equipment to help with mobility and independence and many other areas.
It took about 18 months to get a “new normal” established and another year to get comfortable with all of the elements of a new routine. During that time of adjustment, it did not seem that we knew any other families going through the same issues. As the primary caregiver, I had very few places to turn to for answers. I started from scratch with almost every issue that arose. It was a very frustrating time. I was unsure that I was making the right decisions and didn’t have a lot of information from which to base my decisions. I did a lot of research and I created my own support system. It was hard work!! Over the past decade, my knowledge base has grown. And more people close to us are taking care of their loved ones. I have been able to share information and a sympathetic ear with families just beginning their journeys into caregiving and those who have been caregiving for many years.
I believe that no one should have to go through being a family caregiver all alone. The job is isolating enough simply because the care happens in the privacy of your own home. But there should be someone you can turn to if you have questions, if you need a sounding board to help you make a tough decision or if you need to vent to someone who understands where you are coming from. Caregiving doesn’t have to be so hard! That’s what Caring for Family Caregivers is all about – making you stronger so that you can help your family better.
To build an engaged, healthy community of family caregivers so that no one has to feel like they are going it alone.
In this 3-hour course, you will learn communication strategies that you can use as your family dynamics change. You will get hands-on practice and instruction on how to do some basic procedures like how to safely transfer an adult. You will learn efficiencies that will help you to be a better family caregiver and you will have a chance to ask questions of a medical professional.
In this 3-hour course, you will learn the signs of caregiver depression and caregiver burnout and what you can do if you find yourself in either situation. You will also learn ways to take care of yourself so that caregiver depression does not sneak up on you.
In this 2-hour session, you will learn how to talk to your loved ones about how they would like to live out their years and what their final wishes are. You will also learn how to plan and execute a successful family meeting.
Re-ignite your passion and give new life to your dreams. In this 2-hour workshop, you will explore the things that fuel your soul and how to incorporate them into your life as a family caregiver. You will also take a look at how to do the same for your loved ones as you make new memories together.
In this one hour presentation, you will learn about the 6 stages in the cycle of family caregiving. You will learn that that are stumbles to be found at every stage but that there is a steady for every stumble.