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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

April 17th, 2024 to May 22nd, 2024
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Self-Management Program of Southeastern Ontario
This workshop is online only.

This workshop has 15 remaining seat(s).

This 6-week workshop will help you take better care of yourself, as you care for someone else.

This is a 6 week course on Wednesday afternoons, April 17 to May 22, 2024, from 1:30 to 3:00pm EST. Due to funding, priority will be given to Southeast Ontario residents.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you can become a better caregiver.

Class participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources.

CLASS 1: Taking Care of YOU

Introductions and Course Overview

Challenges of Caregiving

Managing Self-Care: Principles

Using Community Resources

Making an Action Plan

CLASS 2: Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress

Feedback and Solution-Seeking

Managing Caregiving Stress

Identifying Signs and Sources of Caregiver Stress

Taking Action: Stress Reducers

Using Positive Self-Talk

Making an Action Plan

Breathing for Relaxation

CLASS 3: Communicating Feelings, Needs and Concerns

Feedback and Solution-Seeking

Good Communication: How to Best Express Yourself

Using “I” Messages

Avoiding “Hidden You” Messages

Making an Action Plan

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

CLASS 4: Communicating in Challenging Situations

Feedback and Solution-Seeking

Being Assertive, Not Aggressive

Assertive Communication: DESC

Aikido Communication Style

Making an Action Plan

CLASS 5: Learning from Our Emotions

Feedback and Solution-Seeking

Listening to Our Emotions

Dealing with Anger and Guilt

Dealing with Depression

Guidelines for Managing Emotions

Making an Action Plan

Guided Imagery Relaxation

CLASS 6: Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Feedback and Solution-Seeking

The Transition Process

The Family Meeting

Using the Power of Optimism

Future Goals and Action Plans

Sharing Accomplishments

Share on Social Media 

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