MH Life Skills Classes
Family Caregiver

Nothing can prepare you for the life of Family Caregiving. You learn quickly you don't have control over what your day will be any longer. Learning to be flexible, patient, and long suffering is important; all while keeping your self care as your priority...

Being a Family Caregiver is a full time job. You are the gatekeeper. You are the guard on watch at all times. An "informal" caregiver unlike a "formal" caregiver (nurse) does not clock out, get vacations, or have shift changes. You are it. Not having the support of other family members or friends means no "relief" comes at the end of the day to take over. Family Caregiving taxes your mental and emotional states, sometimes causing financial strain. As a Family Caregiver there are many demands placed on you, many times without very much assistance from family or friends. We work together with partners in the MH community to offer life management skills classes, counseling, group therapy, respite, and self care. Be sure to join our email list to stay informed, and aware of Regeneration & Respite events coming to your area. We are a community of carers. We support one another. 

Effective Family Caregiver Management - Full Time Employed (EFCM-FTE)

 

Working a full time job in addition to caregiving requires additional help and assistance. More often than not you are responsible for distribution of medication, meal preparation, house management, schedule management for your loved one, in addition to your own personal and family commitments.  Most Family Caregivers do not have a support team in place. By joining the caregiver support groups you have access to a concierge, a case manager to attend an appointment you may be unable to attend; the emotional support of other caregivers experiencing similar challenges.  Knowing what programs are available for care full time during the day in your absence can calm some of the stress from being a full time employed caregiver.

 

Each (EFCM - FTE) Effective Family Caregiver Management - Full Time Employed member is given a number of hours monthly to assist in the commitments of their loved one to relieve the stress of physically being in two places at one time. Respite programs are also in place and flexible. 

 

Effective Family Caregiver Management - Full Time In Home (EFCM-FTIH)

 

Full Time Caregiving presents a unique group of circumstances. More often than not you are responsible for distribution of medication, meal preparation, house management, schedule management for your loved one, in addition to your own personal and family commitments.  Many times a family caregiver who is caring full time for their loved one may not have a support team in place. Tapping into your social circle or family circle may be possible. We assist you in assembling a "Calendar of Care" for your loved one to distribute the weight of the responsibility evenly amongst family and/or friends. No support resource available? Utilize our concierge and/or case managers to lighten the load. An online support group allows you to be flexible all while keeping your commitment to your loved one.

 

Each EFCM-FTIH is given a number of hours monthly to assist in the commitments of their loved one to relieve some of the stress of not having a support team to pull resources from. The Respite program is also available and flexible. There are also other programs available exclusively for the EFCM-FTIH program members. Please ask your case manager about  them. 

 

Effective Family Caregiver Management - Part Time (EFCM-PT)

 

Part time Caregiving can be demanding especially if your loved one has decided they are very capable of living on their own and only require your assistance during a crisis or to assist with chores or tasks they are physically unable to do for themselves. Part time caregiving can also apply to a loved one who is still working and managing their life effectively and during times of mania, depression or loneliness require your assistance. Classes for part-time caregivers allow you to have the necessary coping skills to assist your loved one in navigating the "turbulent" waters of mania or depression with ease. You will learn what the warning signs are of needing to intervene for your loved one, and how to be of assistance without "crowding" or causing more trauma or stress for you both. 

 

Each EFCM-PT  receives training and guidance as well as support groups to assist in navigating the sometimes difficult days of caring for a loved one who needs assistance but does not  want assistance full time. 

 

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