Caregiving And…SELF-CARE

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We are celebrating Caregivers the whole month of November! This week we are talking about Self-Care. Let’s dive right in.

DIVING IN: What is self-care? You are a caregiver, and the work you do is very important and very rewarding – but it can also mean your own needs get put last on a to-do list that can seem never-ending. Self-care is everything we do for ourselves that makes us feel relaxed, whole, energized, and rejuvenated. It helps us feel ready to take on what’s next (whatever that is!).

DRILLING DOWN: Why choose self-care? Choosing to take care of yourself means you are able to give keep giving care to others – check out this video that talks about why it’s so important!

Jenny Trott, “SelfCare for Carers: why it’s important for people who care for someone who is disabled”

DIGGING DEEP: Where to start. Start small, even 5 minutes once in a while, and build up from there. What “works” for self-care is completely individual for each of us. Try lots of self-care options to figure out what works for you! Or, “self-share” if connecting with others is what helps you “self-care”! Here are some ideas:

Try anything and everything until you find what works for YOU! Share your favorite experiments with us in the comments!

FoodSafe

Hey everyone, if you’re interested in Foodsafe Level 1, Kim has a class coming up on Dec 14th (assuming no further regulatory changes) at the Kanata Kelowna Hotel starting at 8:30am. Contact Kim for info: Kimberley Cresswell (FOODSAFE Level 1 Certified Instructor) at kcresswell@shaw.ca or call 250.863.8112.

Caregiver Supports…

We are focusing on CAREGIVERS this month! We have talked about some big caregiver issues – stress, compassion fatigue, and tools & training. One piece of advice offered to help cope is to connect with other caregivers and others who understand what you’re going through – in person or online! A way to connect virtually can be through podcasts for caregivers. For examples, there is a link here where you can check out a podcast called The Giving Tree by Amanda Rocheleau (a Registered Social Worker and compassion fatigue specialist) for helping professionals and caregivers.

THANK YOU CAREGIVERS for all you do!

Caregiving And…TOOLS & TRAINING

We are celebrating Caregivers the whole month of November! This week we are talking about Tools & Training. Let’s dive right in.

DIVING IN: What are tools and training? You are a caregiver, and the work you do is very important and very rewarding – but it can also mean you’re faced with changes and have to respond. Tools and training are the things that can help you respond. Tools and training can be anything from workshops and seminars, to articles and books, to videos and panel conversations, to forms and policies, to templates, plans, and checklists, to strategies and techniques…while it’s impossible to list them all in one paragraph, it’s true that, in a digital age, tools and training opportunities are more accessible than every thanks to think internet.

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DRILLING DOWN: Why bother with tools and training? Changes can happen fast, whether it’s the needs of the person you support, your personal situation, or the world we live in — as we have seen this year with COVID-19! It can be stressful and feel overwhelming. One piece of advice to help cope with caregiver stress is focusing on the things you can control – like having a plan or developing skills that support you to respond to unexpected changes when they happen. Tools and training help you to feel prepared.

DIGGING DEEP: How to find tools, and get training. Tools and training are more accessible today than ever before. Which resources and opportunities to pick depends on your individual circumstances. We can often help point you in the right direction, if you ask us! Here are a some examples.

TOOLS:

TRAINING:

Did you know you can access all of Open Future Learning through CCSS? Let us know you’re interested, and we will set you up!

WEBINAR: Supports for People with Dementia

Hey everyone, there is a webinar coming up on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 2-3:30 PM (EST) all about Person-Centered Supports for People with Dementia Living in the Community. To register, click here. More info below!

Panelists will discuss their personal and professional experiences with dementia, along with individual, community, and system level approaches to make supports for people with dementia more person-centered. Participants will learn about the definition of person-centered thinking, planning, and practice, and will hear the panelists answer questions such as: What do person-centered dementia supports look like to you? What are community approaches to support people living with dementia in a person-centered way?

Caregiver Supports…

We are focusing on CAREGIVERS this month! We have talked about some BIG caregiver issues – stress and compassion fatigue. One piece of advice offered to help cope is to focus more on the things you can control – like planning, and organization. Teva Canada has a great list of caregiver resources, with tools that can help you with planning and organization. Check out this one, designed to help keep important contact information up-to-date and organized in one spot: Tracking My Support Network printable download.

THANK YOU CAREGIVERS for all you do!

Caregiving And…COMPASSION FATIGUE

We are celebrating Caregivers the whole month of November! This week we are talking about compassion fatigue. Let’s dive right in.

DIVING IN: What is compassion fatigue? You are a caregiver, and the work you do is very important and very rewarding – but it can also take a toll on you when you are supporting someone who is suffering. The big picture? Compassion fatigue is a set of symptoms and not just one thing that caregivers experience when they provide care to people who are experiencing significant emotional or physical pain and suffering.

DRILLING DOWN: How does compassion fatigue affect caregivers? Sometimes compassion fatigue gets talked about like burnout – but, these are two different things. Last week, we talked about stress and burnout. Check out this video that helps explain the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout:

Mental Wellness Moment — Preventing compassion fatigue and burnout, Alberta Health Services (Apr 23, 2020)

Compassion fatigue can affect each person differently. You can find more resources adapted from “The Compassion Fatigue Workbook” and a compassion fatigue self-assessment on this website recommended by posAbilities.

DIGGING DEEP: What to do about it! Managing symptoms of compassion fatigue includes seeking support and engaging in authentic, sustainable self-care. This website is dedicated to “self-compassion,” and this website has a list of 9 principles and a page of 9 ideas that can help. Share which ones you think are best in the comments!