NCC18 Presenter: Jane Felczak


NCC18 Presenter: Jane Felczak

Join Jane for her presentation and a panel discussion during our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference:

Caring for the Caregiver - Creating Personal Resilience on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m.
The basic notion of resilience is the capacity to bounce back from stress, pressure, or disruption. Resilience is the ability to adjust rapidly to adversity in a healthy manner and is an integral component of self-care. The science of assessing and enhancing resilience has evolved tremendously over just the past few years and this program was designed to bring meaningful and validated tools to caregivers. The philosophy is to combine the best available information and tools with humor and honest, real life examples to let caregivers know how to care for themselves while caring for others. These are transformative practices that you can use at work, at home and as a caregiver in ways that are practical and sustainable.

This presentation can be a rewarding experience for participants, encouraging self-reflection, validation of personal strengths, coaching strategies, and helping to recharge those nearly-dead batteries. Participants receive evidence based resilience tools and techniques which have been shown to decrease depressive symptoms, improve psychological well-being and working memory, improve sleep, improve relationships and allow participants to cope more effectively with emotional upheavals.

The presentation includes a very brief review of statistics about burnout, stress and the caregiver community. It continues with strategies for assessing the caregiver strengths, and provides tools to use that to an advantage. The presentation also includes practical tips for decreasing stress, sharing responsibilities and managing sleep-all with some humor along the way.

Reviews from previous participants have been extremely positive, with many referring this education to other caregiver and community groups. Anecdotal comments are encouraging that this programming is an important resource for those who are caring for others.

Jane also will share her perspectives on Friday, Nov. 9, at 4 p.m. during a panel discussion on caring for more than one caree.

Jane is a Principal Quality Consultant for Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. With over 37 years of experience in all aspects of healthcare, Ms. Felczak has a wide ranging perspective on resilience and stress management, and its effects of caregivers. Jane received her BSN from Mercy College of Detroit and her MSN from the University of Detroit Mercy. She is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety, and has experience in clinical practice, healthcare administration, quality improvement and patient safety, and nursing education at both the university and community level. Jane has also been a certified elementary educator. Most recently, she has led initiatives to improve access to communication services for foreign language and Deaf/HOH patient populations. Jane is also involved in the Patient and Family Caregiver programming at Henry Ford Health System. The program provides resources and support services for patients, staff and caregivers.

Jane continues to be deeply personally involved in the caregiving experience. As a young adult, she helped to care for both sets of grandparents, both in home and as a patient advocate for institutional care. Jane also provided guidance to her parents when her father was diagnosed with lung cancer at age 58. This led to her providing in home hospice care until his death at age 60, all while pregnant, caring for a toddler, and continuing to work full time as an RN. Currently, Jane is the primary caregiver for her 89-year-old mother. Additionally, she assists with childcare for her grandson, and recently became guardian for her orphaned 17-year-old nephew.

To learn more about Jane, watch our video discussion about finding our best, which aired as part for our Virtual Caregiving Summit in May.

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We are so grateful to the following sponsors for making our conference possible:

~ AARP ~

~ Seniors BlueBook ~ Seniorlink ~ Henry Ford Health System CARE Program ~

~ Society of Certified Senior Advisors ~ Mindlight ~