Part 1 – From Loved One to Caregiver: Transformational Moments
When a loved one becomes a caregiver, everything changes – daily actions, beliefs, hopes, expectations and connections to others.
In this session, participants will be able to make meaning out of their role by learning how to talk about their care experiences at home and at work. The insights and strategies offered in this session are designed to enhance caregiver resilience, foster individual empowerment, and reinforce the value of caring roles and responsibilities. This self-knowledge enables the confident caregiver to move into the new role of advocate: identifying family needs and how to get them met.
Specifically, participants will:
- Learn how to re-orient themselves to the present as well as make sense of their changing expectations.
- Realize how caring for a loved one changes what and whom we care about.
- Discover how caregivers serve as gatekeepers for their loved ones in ways that transform their social networks.
- Recognize a new value system and vocabulary that arise from the caregiving experience.
This presentation will be followed by a question/answer period.