Caregiving Roles and Situations
SCTT recognizes the special needs of caregivers in a variety of caregiving roles and situations – each with their own set of strengths and challenges. These include:
Caregiver Coaching / Mentoring
Our program is provided by certified coaching professionals who counsel and support the caregiver’s efforts to navigate difficult; daily obstacles to providing sustained care over a long period of time.
Services may include mentoring in topics such as: family dynamics; relationships coaching/mentoring; facilitating communications and reconciliation; and working through emotional issues such as anticipatory grief and ambiguous loss.
Research has shown that family caregivers experience constant emotional stress and strain, which can lead to feelings of guilt, exhaustion and isolation. These feelings can lead to burnout and affect the caregiver’s health.
Services may include bodywork to mitigate accumulated stress by helping to release tension and calm not only the body, but the mind. When combined with coaching/mentoring, bodywork helps caregivers feel renewed, refreshed and better able to handle their daily burdens.
Caregiver Team Protocols and Training
Building a strong, multi-faceted care team that works in concert benefits both the caregiver and the individual being cared for.
Training may include: family dynamics and its influence on the caregiving scenario; how to establish family meetings to assist family members in pooling resources and designing a plan of care; and guidance on working as a team and sharing observations of the person cared-for.
Caregivers and their families deserve the highest quality support for the intense challenges they face. Support groups offered by our program are led by qualified and trained facilitators experienced in the demanding role of caregiving.
Support groups provide a safe forum for caregivers to share victories and frustrations alike, as they listen to, and learn from others who are experiencing similar situations
Facilitator Training for Support Group Leaders
Organizations seeking to provide high quality support group services for caregivers can enroll their group leaders in our training program for support group facilitators.
Enrollees will benefit from our extensive experience and expertise with the profound emotional challenge of caregiving, while receiving tools and skills in caregiving and self-care.
On-Site Caregiving Evaluations
Our program offers on-site evaluation of caregiving situations and needs by an experienced and sensitive team of professional caregivers. Recommendations based on their evaluation can include daily plans for care and referrals to thoroughly vetted caregiving staff, as needed.
We have contacts and relationships with many resources available to the caregiver.
RESILIENCE AND RENEWAL FOR CAREGIVERS
Caregiver Burnout Statistics
"It is easy to become so engrossed in looking after others that you neglect your own emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The demands on your body, mind, and emotions can take over, leading to fatigue and hopelessness. Many caregivers feel guilty if they spend time on themselves rather than on an ill or elderly loved one. Sometimes their own children and other home responsibilities fall by the wayside. Overexerting yourself can mar the quality of your sleep and impede your ability to relax and unwind, or effectively care for anyone. Ultimately, you will burn out. If you are responsible for an aging loved one, it’s normal to want to be there for them and offer the best care possible. It is natural to feel frustrated, sad, lonely, or even angry. But it’s also important to recognize the signs that you are overwhelmed and to find ways of lightening the workload."
-- Aging In Place (.org) / Caregiver Burnout - June 2019
Here is the link to recent statistics on caregiver burnout from Aging in Place.org.