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Powerful Tools for Caregivers. Presented by the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and their partners. Caregiving Programming. Individual and community education Assistance gaining access to services Individual counseling and support groups

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powerful tools for caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Presented by the

Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and their partners

caregiving programming
Caregiving Programming
  • Individual and community education
  • Assistance gaining access to services
  • Individual counseling and support groups
  • Respite care
  • Supplemental Services to complement care provided by caregivers
  • Funding that may be available:
    • Title III-E (NFCSP)
    • Title III-D (Health promotion)
    • AFCSP
why is ptc needed
Why is PTC Needed?
  • While caregiving often rewarding, can be stressful.
  • Caregivers at high risk of depression and stress-related illnesses.
  • Can be physically, emotionally and financially exhausting.
  • Often overwhelmed by taking care of others
  • Most family caregivers don’t realize importance of taking care of selves
  • PTC focuses on needs of caregivers.
the powerful tools for caregivers program
The Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program
  • Community workshop
  • Led by two trained co-leaders
  • For unpaid caregivers (e.g., family, neighbors)
  • Six weeks
  • Two versions: 2.5 hours or 1.5 hours/week
  • Over 1,700 class leaders in 32 states
  • Has reached over 70,000 caregivers
national program website
National program website


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The Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program
  • Evidence-based
  • Meets AoA’s highest standard
  • Based on Stanford CDSMP and its success
  • Developed by team of professionals in Portland, Oregon in 1998; been offered since 2000
  • Developed over 3 years of:
    • pilot-testing
    • refinement
    • evaluative research
gives caregivers tools to
Gives caregivers tools to:
  • Reduce stress, guilt, anger and depression
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate feelings and concerns
  • Manage their time, set goals and solve problems
  • Master caregiving transitions
  • Increase ability to make tough decisions
  • Communicate effectively with care receiver, family and health care providers
  • Locate and use local resources
program s underlying assumptions
Program’s Underlying Assumptions
  • Caregivers in various situations have similar concerns and problems
  • Caregivers benefit from being with other caregivers and learning how to take care of themselves
  • Lay people can lead the program as effectively, or more effectively, than professionals
  • The program process is as important, if not more, than the substance
researched study results show the program improves
Researched. Study results show the program improves:
  • Caregiver’s self-care behaviors
  • Management of Emotions
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Awareness of and use of Community Resources
target population
Target Population
  • Family (not facility) caregivers, e.g.,
    • Spouses/partners
    • Adult children of aging parents
  • Whether care receiver is living:
    • At home alone, with others or with caregiver
    • At home or in a facility
    • In same town or across the country
  • Same outcomes for diverse groups
weekly contents
Weekly Contents

1. Taking Care of You2.Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress3.Communicating Feelings, Needs, and

Concerns4.Communicating in Challenging Situations5.Learning From Our Emotions6.Mastering Caregiving Decisions

dissemination in wisconsin
Dissemination in Wisconsin
  • Begun in 2000
  • Diverse agencies currently offering
  • Diverse sites host the workshops
  • Diverse professionals or lay individuals who serve as leaders
leader qualifications characteristics
Leader Qualifications & Characteristics
  • Health care, aging network professionals or lay
  • Past participants
  • Experience with caregiving – personal or professional
  • Experience leading groups of adults
  • Willing to follow script, comply with program and WIHA protocols
leader expectations
Leader Expectations
  • Attend all of two full-day Leader training
  • Work with a sponsoring organization
  • Lead workshops in pairs, both trained
  • Lead two workshops each year
  • Follow PTC program script
  • Use required book and charts
  • Follow WIHA administrative protocols
are you ready
Are You Ready?
  • Identify the local sponsoring organization
  • Have two individuals trained or ready to be trained as Leaders
  • Communicate with the local ADRC/aging unit to coordinate
  • Together, review the Planning and Implementation Checklist (see next slides)
powerful tools for caregivers leader local partner organization planning guide
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Leader & Local Partner Organization Planning Guide
  • Identify local sponsoring organization
  • If not the county aging unit, have you made contact?
  • Identify two Leaders – already trained or need training?
  • Select dates and times for workshop
  • Will workshop will be free or will there be a fee?
  • Select and reserve site, room, room arrangement
  • Who will submit workshop notification to WIHA?
  • What agency will receive workshop registrations?


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Powerful Tools for CaregiversLeader & Local Partner Organization Planning Guide
  • Outreach and Marketing
    • See WIHA website materials – don’t reinvent the wheel
    • Presentations – Where? Who will present?
    • Individual recommendations – Who?
  • Supplies needed
    • Copies of The Caregiver Helpbook
    • Required charts
    • Easels, Blank flipchart pads, tape and markers
    • Participant Hand-outs
    • Refreshments
  • Date Collection
  • Funding Needed?
website for leaders
Website for Leaders
  • Go to www.wihealthyaging.org
  • Username: leaders@wihealthyaging.org
  • Password: wihaleaders
  • Note categories of resources to download
website for leaders1
Website for Leaders


  • username: leaders@wihealthyaging.org

password: wihaleaders

support for leaders
Support for Leaders
  • Listserv
  • WIHA Leader Newsletter
  • Regular Leader conference calls
  • Technical assistance
  • Leader Coaching
  • Healthy Aging Summit
leader training
Leader Training
  • Come in pairs, or alone only if county already has a trained Leader
  • Two full days – must attend both to learn:
    • caregiver support concepts
    • curriculum of PTC program
    • group facilitation
  • Learn WIHA protocols, support available
  • If complete, PTC national office sends Leader license.
leader training to apply
Leader Training – to apply
  • Leader Application – link on WIHA website
  • Complete application, pay fee
  • Commit to requirements
  • With Sponsoring Organization, complete Planning and Implementation Plan
  • Attend in pairs, unless already a leader in county
  • 20 person limit
wiha collects data on
WIHA Collects Data On:
  • Leaders
  • Workshops
  • Participants
  • Why?
    • Funders
    • Policymakers
    • Program planning
? ? ? QUESTIONS ? ? ?
  • Betsy Abramson 608-243-5691


  • Anne Hvizdak 715-677-3037


  • Jane Mahoney 608-228-8096


  • Lynn Gall 608-266-5743


thank you


We look forward to working with you to expand Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Wisconsin