This is an introductory course in caregiving. You should take this course if you are a new caregiver concerned about your elderly parent, spouse or other adult that may need assistance in the near or distant future as a result of a recent illness or chronic condition. The examples and exercises focus on the elderly population, those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia or any chronic condition.
The caregiving journey is a stressful period of time in most people's lives. They are often underprepared and overwhelmed throughout the time. Taking this course will give you the confidence to start where you are, courage to improve your communication and resource allocation and commitment to the journey utilizing the stress-reduction tips discussed.
The course format is video lecture over powerpoint presentation. The lecture has pdf downloadable slides so you can keep and take notes as you go along. The activities and quizzes are not complex but may involved some thought and research about your own personal situation.
In this introduction video, I give you a brief overview of the types of topics that is covered in the course to help you determine if this is the right course for you. I also talk about my background working with seniors and my own personal journey as a caregiver which inspired the creation of this course.
In module two, I review the "activities of daily living" which is how your senior or loved one is assessed for long term care services in the United States. I also talk about theses ADL's affect the cost of care across the country and review the insurance and financial resources that you can consider.
In module three, I give you a list of terms and definitions that are vital to understand when dealing with long term care benefits and services. This will give you a good foundation to refer back to when needed. I also briefly make you aware of some of the barriers to access and language barriers that you or your loved one may encounter.
In this video, I check in with you to provide encouragement and to assure you that you are halfway through the course.
In module four, I give you a roadmap of where to start if you are new to this caregiving journey. You can also start where you are and put together a viable plan for the long term.
Module five is all about self care. This is an important point to drive home. Taking care of your own health, learning to say "no", not feeling guilty will all contribute to a better performance in your day-to-day life and your caregiving journey.
Module six is the last module. I recap some of the important points and put together an activity so you can begin to think strategically. This will enable you to be in my shoes and understand the steps that I had to take but also be able to see yourself and relate to the scenario. I also provide you with resources to get started in the form of great websites to do some research.
I thank you once again for taking this course and would appreciate your honest feedback. I you are interested in additional courses about caring for the elderly, financial or legal issues, how to pay for a nursing home etc... please indicate that in the course comments.
I started Caregiving Strategies to make a difference, inform and guide caregivers to understand that the journey does not have to be hard. It will always be challenging, emotionally draining, uncertain but there are ways to plan for the future and make smarter decisions every step of the way. The consulting services and workshops that I provide are a way to stimulate the conversation around caregiving, answer all your questions, help you prepare a care plan for your loved one, provide useful tools and resources for those that attend. I believe it was Rosalyn Carter who said that ”there are only four types of people, those that are currently a caregiver, those that used to be a caregiver, those that will be a caregiver and those that will need a caregiver”. I have been in all four roles!
My relevant career background includes spending 12+ years working in social service agencies assisting frail seniors and their families to access benefits and community programs. In terms of my education, I earned my Certification in Gerontology, received my Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University in Health Administration and also have a Master’s Degree in Non-profit/HR from Fairleigh Dickinson University. I am a Caregiver Consultant, Public Speaker and Trainer on this and other topics.