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Powerful Tools for Caregivers


CHATS - Community and Home Assistance to Seniors

Hospice Georgina

Hospice Georgina, 20849 Dalton Rd, Sutton, L0E 1R0

(more dates available)

Cost: FREE

Registration: Required

For more information: Call: 905-713-3373 ext. 6226 Toll Free: 1-866-677-9048 ext. 6226 Class #1: Taking Care of You This class sets the stage for the entire course. It emphasizes that

For more information:

Call: 905-713-3373 ext. 6226

Toll Free: 1-866-677-9048 ext. 6226

Class #1: Taking Care of You

This class sets the stage for the entire course. It emphasizes that the focus is on YOU, the caregiver, not on the family member receiving care, and that caregivers will develop a "box of self care tools." The challenges of caregiving and significance of caregiver self-care are dramatized through a video. Beginning in this class, caregivers make a weekly action plan for self-care.

Class #2: Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress

Four steps are presented for effective stress management: (1) Identifying early warning signs, (2) Identifying personal sources of stress, (3) Changing what you can change and accepting what you cannot change, and (4) Taking action. Tools to reduce stress are discussed. Participants learn how to change negative self-talk which increases stress and erodes confidence to positive self-talk. Beginning in this class, caregivers learn five relaxation activities that are easy to incorporate into their daily lives.

Class #3: Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns

Participants learn how to communicate their feelings, needs and concerns more effectively by using "I" messages. Through brief dramatizations, participants experience the impact of both "I" messages and "You" messages (which tend to sound on the defensive). They practice changing "You" messages to "I" messages, and identifying when statements beginning with the word "I" are actually "Hidden You" messages.

Class #4: Communicating in Challenging Situations

Participants practice two communication tools assertiveness and Aikido which are helpful in difficult situations. They learn a four-step process, called DESC (Describe, Express, Specify, and Consequence) for using the assertive style of communication. With Aikido, participants learn how to align and find "common ground" with a person who is distressed. A segment highlights guidelines for communicating with a person who is memory impaired.

Class #5: Learning From Our Emotions

The overriding theme of this class is "our emotions are messages we need to listen to." It emphasizes that feelings occur for a reason and that feelings are neither good nor bad. Focus is on identifying constructive ways for dealing with difficult feelings especially anger, guilt, and depression and resources for professional help.

Class #6: Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Focus is on the internal emotional process caregivers go through when they experience a life change. Tools for dealing with changes and for making tough decisions including a seven-step decision-making model and the family meeting are discussed.

Contact: Christina Liorti
Phone: 905-713-3373 Ext. 6226
Email: cliorti@chats.on.ca

Event Tags:

Class + Caregiving + Seniors