Conquer Your Fears at Every Stage of the Caregiving Journey

Are you prepared for what is to come along your caregiving journey? When you provide care for a sick, disabled or elderly loved one you will face a number of challenges throughout the many stages of caregiving. This learning event will examine the journey caregiving takes us on – no matter when it may happen in our lives.

This webinar will help you discover the following stages of caregiving and what you show know every part of the journey.

Pre-caregiving and its early stages:

  • Before becoming a caregiver: do we have the skills to provide care? Is there a time in our lives when we are better prepared? Does the type of caregiving make a difference?
  • The “Arc of caregiving”, from the early pre-crisis stage involving “need creep” and the self-sacrifices caregivers make to the aftermath of post caregiving.
  • Coping strategies in the early stage: part caregiver part loved one, difficulty acknowledging or accepting the label “caregiver”.

Middle stage:

The transition to the middle stage of caregiving as pressures increase, it usually begins with a crisis leaving you with a “before” and an “after”. This stage is also characterized as a time when “from struggle comes strength” and a big part of this strength comes from tackling the HUGE challenge of health system navigation.

  • Understanding what your care recipient wants.
  • Understanding what are your boundaries as a caregiver.
  • How to cope with increasing care demands.
  • How to reach out for help; support groups can be invaluable.
  • How to deal with fatigue.

Final stage:

During this stage the caregiver has to switch from “doing” to “be-ing” which can be a very peaceful time that allows the caregiver to get to know the care recipient differently and for the care recipient to get to know the caregiver at last.

  • Palliative care;
  • Grief – the aftermath of caregiving.  It becomes necessary to have a new purpose or suffer complicated grief.

A question period will follow the presentation.

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  1. Janet Dunnett came of age in a remote part of the Himalayas where she worked as a volunteer teacher of pre-schoolers. The experience led her into a career in the development assistance program where she became adept at pushing for policies that would work to make things better for people whose voices were not being heard. Caregiving came as second nature though it was a decade of grit and bliss, she says. She took on the role of “daughter at a distance” together with her twin sister who was “daughter on deck”. Together they learned how to be ninja caregivers, and flourish in the process. Once caregiving was over, Janet wrote a book about her experience and what she learned about what quality looks like at the edge of life, both for those who give care and those who receive it. This is crucial learning as caregiving shifts from being a family matter to being an emerging public health crisis. Her book, called The Dwindling, A Daughter’s Caregiving Journey to the Edge of Life, is available in Canadian bookstores and everywhere on Amazon.