care-transitions For Caregivers: Navigating the Rough Waters of Care Transitions

For Caregivers: Navigating the Rough Waters of Care Transitions

11/4/2020
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The Caregiver Project Events

For Caregivers: Navigating the Rough Waters of Care Transitions 

October 14, October 21, October 28 and November 4, 2020

Join us for this free four-part series starting October 14, where speakers Donna Thomson and Dr. Zachary White discuss how to navigate the rough waters of care transitions. 

There are so many transitions in a loved one’s patient care trajectory and those transitions have a huge and lasting impact on family caregivers too. As caregivers, it often seems like just as we master one set of circumstances, a new symptom or hospital admission throws even the most careful planner into uncharted waters and a sense of chaos. This four part series will examine four major transitions in the caregiving journey: Becoming a caregiver, moving between hospital and home, moving into long term care and navigating life after caregiving. A major focus of this series will be on how caregivers can maintain and nurture their own physical and mental health throughout these rough waters of transition.


Session #1: Becoming a Caregiver

Caregiving doesn’t just change what you do and how you spend your time, it can’t help but make you disoriented and confused because so much that once made sense—relationships, expectations of the future, responsibilities and personal competencies —change in directions you may never have thought possible (nor wanted). This webinar explores what happens to you when you begin caring for someone you love in the midst of evolving situations your pre-caregiver life didn’t prepare you for. We will examine which elements of your ‘before’ life can make weathering your loved one’s transitions through levels of care more challenging or more empowering.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020


Session #2: Hospital To Home Transitions: When Accidents Happen

Whether it starts as an emergency or as a planned admission, a hospital stay is often the first stage in a series of transitions, or moves to different health care settings. Moving between these settings is a time when medical errors can occur and patients as well as their families can ‘fall through the cracks’. Family caregivers have a vital role to play in ensuring safety and continuity of care at every point of transition. This session will present strategies and tools to manage change with a sense of calm and control.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m PDT
          12:30 pm - 2:00 p.m. MDT
          1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT
          2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
          3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ADT
          4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NDT

Registration is required.
 To register for this session, please register on Eventbrite.  
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Session #3: Transitioning to Long Term Care – Managing and Thriving as a Family

The transition (move) from independent living to assisted living or a long-stay unit (nursing home) can be confusing, difficult to manage and often fraught with an overwhelming sense of fear and loss. This session will examine the move to supported living environments and the roles caregivers play within them. Keeping the family intact and locating new responsibilities as an essential partner in care will be the focus of this session.

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m PDT
          12:30 pm - 2:00 p.m. MDT
          1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT
          2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
          3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ADT
          4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NDT

Registration is required.
 To register for this session, please register on Eventbrite.  
Register on Eventbrite 


Session #4: After Caregiving, What’s Changed in You?

Even if your everyday care tasks and responsibilities “end,” care still shapes you in ways you could never have predicted because caregiving inevitably changes us and our values. This webinar explores what happens when the care experience becomes such a vital part of who you are that to “let go” of that part of yourself, would mean ignoring everything you’ve learned about yourself in the process of caring for someone you love. In this session, we will explore how we can begin identifying and expressing how care has changed us in profound and meaningful ways.

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m PDT
          12:30 pm - 2:00 p.m. MDT
          1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. CDT
          2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT
          3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ADT
          4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NDT

Registration is required.
 To register for this session, please register on Eventbrite.  
Register on Eventbrite 


Speakers

Donna Thomson

Donna ThomsonDonna Thomson is the co-author of “The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver” and the author of “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving.” Donna is a long-time caregiver both for her son with severe cerebral palsy and for her elderly mother. She is a patient and family advisor on health research and policy and she teaches family caregivers in Canada how to advocate for care in hospitals and in the community at McMaster University and at Huddol.com. She blogs regularly at The Caregiver's Living Room (www.donnathomson.com).







Dr. Zachary White

Dr. Zachary WhiteZachary White, Ph.D., is the co-author of “The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver.” He is an award-winning university professor who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses addressing topics such as provider-patient communication, caregiver communication, health and illness narratives, digital health literacy, social support and disclosure, and sense-making amidst life transitions. In addition to having been a primary caregiver for his terminally ill mother, White is also an academic who studies caregiving. As the founder of the caregiver blog and resource “The Unprepared Caregiver” (www.unpreparedcaregiver.com), his original writing voice mixes first-hand experiences, communication expertise, and cultural analysis featuring a care-centred point of view.







These sessions are brought to you thanks to a collaboration between March of Dimes Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Ontario Trillium Foundation