Our Caregivers Circle brings people together for presentations, group discussions, individual support, and training in skills that can help caregivers navigate the many challenges and demands of care giving. It is open to anyone charged or entrusted with the responsibility of caregiving. Whether you’re a professional caregiver or providing care to family, friends or clients across a broad spectrum of needs that include chronic or life-threatening illnesses, or if you’re caring for and accompanying another through their personal experience of grief, you are welcome!
The nature of caregiving is inherently stressful and often emotionally and physically draining. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we will take up the theme of ‘Sustainable Caregiving,’ focusing on the intent of our Caregivers Circle and how participating in the group is supremely practical and immediately supportive. We will look at how together, as a community, we can get started to stay the course.
Caregiving can affect our physical and emotional wellbeing. With the intention of maintaining wellbeing for both the caregiver and care receiver, participants will have the opportunity to talk about and share real-world financial and legal issues related to caregiving and specifically long-term care, as well as discussing services and support that are available for the caregiver, you.
In Part 2 of our series, we will take up the question: “Why do I feel like this?” Re-establishing the container of mutual safety and respect that was co-created in session 1, participants will look into the theme of “Caregiving and Depression” and explore how to recognize the symptoms, identify concerns, and address the difficult question: What should I do?
We will also consider a number of viable treatment options, along with associated costs, and complementary and alternative therapies – including strategies to assist in dealing with this very human issue. Discussing this difficult subject, within a container of safety and mutual respect, supports the wellbeing of both the caregiver and care receiver.