WELCOME. TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON… A WORKSHOP FOR RURAL CAREGIVERS. To encourage and better equip individuals and families who are caring for a family member with a long-term or chronic Illness or disability. WORKSHOP GOAL. WHO IS A CAREGIVER?.
TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON…
A WORKSHOP FOR
“There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”
~ Rosalynn Carter
There are 49 million Americans with some form of disability.
Many of these individuals require some type of assistance or care from a family member, friend, or professional.
Nearly everyone will be a caregiver at some time during his or her life.
Caring for an individual who has some physical or mental impairment.
Helping with many basic activities, such as going to work, getting out of the house, and personal hygiene.
Having your family member depend upon your care for their well-being.CAN YOU CURRENTLY IDENTIFY WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS OF A CAREGIVER?
Many rural communities have strong informal support systems
Slower pace of life
Can you think of others?WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CAREGIVER IN A RURAL COMMUNITY?
Commitment to marriage and communication
Changing roles and children
Laughter and resourcesISSUES THAT WILL BE TOUCHED UPON DURING THIS WORKSHOP
Are any of their responses to caregiving similar to my own?
Are there ideas presented that would be helpful for my situation?
Are there ideas presented that I have tried but don’t seem to work?
Would any of the ideas presented be helpful to someone I know?WHILE WATCHING THE VIDEO, ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
Isee a farmer in his field at dawnHis land is crying out for rainThe year’s been hardHis crops are almost goneBut he is not to blameBetter days will come and thenYou will find the blessingIs worth the painSo just believe and let theSeasons Change
TRUE or FALSE
Changes in personal freedom
A need to reassign responsibilities
A decrease in income
A need to become more patientCAREGIVING IS PRESENTED AS OFFERING CHALLENGES SUCH AS:
A renewed commitment to family
An opportunity to learn new skills
An opportunity to reprioritize what is important to your family
Experiencing the joy that can come through serviceON THE OTHER HAND, CAREGIVING ALSO COMES WITH SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS:
No time alone
No social life
Shut out others trying to help
Loving and caring give way to exhaustion and resentment
Others?WHAT WERE SOME OF THE DANGER SIGNALS IDENTIFIED BY THOSE INTERVIEWED?
Keep connected with friends
Allow time for yourself
Ask others for help
Practice good health habits
Maintain your faithWHAT WERE SOME OF THE WAYS PRESENTED TO PREVENT STRESS?
if one falls down,
his friend can help him up.”
___________________________________HOW WERE MARRIAGES STRENGTHENED BY BEING PLACED IN A CAREGIVING ROLE?
Letting the other know you appreciate specific things they do for you
Praise openly and often – criticize privately and infrequently
Avoid sarcasm, avoidance and teasing
Are there other ways?HOW CAN COMMUNICATION BE IMPROVED BETWEEN THE CAREGIVER AND THE CARE RECEIVER?
“A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
“Love is a fruit always in season.”
~ Mother Teresa
May be warmed by the summer sun
Dreams you hold
May be closer than you know
~ Ray Boltz
___________________________________HOW COULD ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY HELP YOU IN YOUR CAREGIVING ROLE?
After everyone has had the opportunity to talk and share their feelings, select one area that you want to work on together as a family.
How can we overcome or improve a negative aspect of a specific issue?
How can we enhance one positive aspect and explore ways to strengthen our family?
BRIGHTENING THE SEASON
Describe your feelings.
How would you respond to them?
BRIGHTENING THE SEASON
“Never give up, never, never, never give up.”
~ Winston Churchill