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”.
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.
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.