Schedule Caregiving Seminars

Have Denise speak to family caregivers in your community or at your workplace! Denise has been presenting to family caregivers (and about the family caregiver experience) since 1998. Her presentations are lively, fun and inspiring.

You also can choose to bring Denise to your clients, employees and family caregivers via webinars or teleclasses. All seminars are available as in-person presentations and webinars or teleclasses.

“Bring Denise back next year!”

“I saw you in San Diego. You were great.”

“We could have listened to you all day.”

Topic Suggestions:

1. The Caregiving Years: Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey
Throughout the caregiving journey, which can last from six months to more than 10 years, the role of family caregivers evolves–and so should the services and the support they receive. The Caregiving Years describes the path that family caregivers take—from Expectant Caregiver, to Freshman Caregiver, to Entrenched Caregiver, to Pragmatic Caregiver to Transitioning Caregiver to Godspeed Caregiver. Most important, the stages—and their related Stumbles and Steadies—provide a map for family caregivers (and their travel companions, health care professionals) to navigate successfully through the caregiving journey.

This is our most requested presentation. Great as a keynote for a family caregiver conference or for a professional conference.

2. Today: The Truth and The Team
This seminar encourages family caregivers to voice their truths–about their experiences, their worries, their concerns and their guilt. In this interactive seminar, attendees will discuss their truths: The ones they wear on their face (“their public truth”) and the ones that weigh on the hearts (“their private truth”). Once attendees have discussed their truths, the seminar will turn to helping family caregivers form their team of support, so they can face their inner truths with action plans and solutions.

3. I’m Toast! Survival Tips for the Burnt-Out Caregiver
Family caregivers may reach their limits—and still be a in a position of providing care. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how it feels to be burn-out: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Then, we’ll move to a discussion of proactive steps a family caregiver can take now to help battle those inevitable days of caregiver burn-out.

4. Family Caregivers: Who They Are, What They Want
Since 1996, has conducted an annual survey of its readers and visitors to its web site. Through the survey, family caregivers talk about the best and the worst of the experience, as well as their wishes for help in the community and from health care professionals. In this seminar, Denise shares the survey results and how family caregivers can improve their experiences and how health care professionals can better work with them.

Great as a keynote for a family caregiver conference or for a professional conference.

5. A Caregiver’s Conundrum: Taking Care When Giving Care
As caregivers, you can’t help but focus most of your energy on your carees—keeping them safe, stable and, try as you might, sweet. But, year after year of neglecting yourself will take its toll. How do you take care of yourself (emotionally, physically and spiritually) when you give care to your family member? In this interactive session, we’ll share ideas on how to integrate your own self care into your caregiving routine.

6. Hey, What About Me!
Everyone wants something from you: your spouse, your children, your employer and your caree. How do you meet their needs and stay sane? We’ll offer stress-reducing tips to ensure you make the most of your caregiving journey.

7. Dealing with the Guilt and Anger of Caregiving
You love your caree—you really do—but sometimes you’re filled with negative emotions that seem to take over. We’ll help you turn those feelings of guilt and anger into positive energy that leads to a more satisfying relationship between you and your caree.

8. Healing the Life-Long Family Rift
Sisters who don’t speak to each other; adult children who withdraw from their parents: Feuding family members affect all generations. In this seminar, Denise will share ideas and suggestions on how to move past the rifts that can tear a family apart.

9. Working and Caregiving: Tips to Balancing the Day
When you work and provide care for a family member, you leave the house every morning, worries packed in your briefcase. You worry about care arrangements, safety, care needs. You also worry about finding enough time in the day to be fully present in your career and in your caregiving role. According to MetLife’s 2006 Caregiving Cost Study, at least six out of 10 employed family caregivers make work-related adjustments for their caregiving responsibilities. In this workshop, Denise offers tips to help you manage two demanding roles that can complicate life.

“I loved the ‘GRACE’ cheer.”

“I must tell you how meaningful your seminar was. Your style of engagement
with the audience is terrific! And I believe you effectively touched caregivers
at many levels in that very short period of time–no small feat! I am extremely grateful
to you for making the trip to New Jersey.”

“The employees really found your class to be extremely helpful
and we had a good turnout.”

15% discounts are applied when an organization schedules two or more seminars within a three-month period.

Would you like to schedule a seminar? Send Denise an e-mail for availability and rates. Or, call us at 773-343-6341.

In-services for Your Staff
–For nursing homes, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, Area Agencies on Aging and other social service organizations–

We offer one-hour in-services for CNA’s and other line staff members to help them improve their relationships with your clients–family members caring for an aging relative. The following in-services are available:

1. A Family’s Lifeline
That’s you–a lifesaver for the family and patient. In your position, you play a critical role in caring for the patient. But you are just as important to family members. Learn to look for signs of an over-stressed family caregiver and what you can do to help.

2. Teaching the Family Caregiver
Your training and education helps you care for your patients. But did you realize that family caregivers rely on you for caregiving tips and techniques? We’ll talk about what information a family member needs from you and how you can better meet the needs of your second patient–the family member.

This class is perfect for hospitals and nursing homes who discharge patients home after a short-term rehab stay and for agencies who provide short-term therapy services.

3. Working Well with a Family Caregiver
Sometimes family members appear to be difficult and overbearing. But, usually they are just overwhelmed by their feelings of guilt and anger. Learn some simple techniques that can help you forge a better relationship with your families.

4. Staying Well with Hope, Gratitude, Curiosity, Zest and Love
In our work, we do what we can to keep a client and a family caregiver well. What about ourselves? In this program, we’ll look at the five traits of well-being, as described in Positive Psychology: Hope, Gratitude, Curiosity, Zest and Capacity to Love and Be Loved. During the program, you’ll create an action list to help you incorporate each trait in your work and in your life.

“I want to thank you again for presenting at our regional conference.
Everyone I spoke to enjoyed your workshop.”

“I must say I am extremely satisfied with attending
your informative and enthusiastic workshop.”

“Denise was friendly, confident, knowledgeable and made it easy to contribute to the discussion.”

15% discounts are applied when an organization schedules two or more seminars within a three-month period.

Would you like to schedule a seminar? Send Denise an e-mail for availability and rates. Or, call us at 773-343-6341.

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