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Caregiver Assistance Program

The Caregiver Assistance Program provides quarterly workshops offering a day of socialization and informational services to caregivers of frail individuals being served through our existing programs.

The quarterly workshops cover topics aimed to reduce stress and ease the challenges of caregiving by providing educational material from knowledgeable community speakers. The grant primarily focuses on serving caregivers or clients who are 80 and older.

The goal of this program is to provide caregivers with a much needed break while providing education on topics relevant to caregiving– Our hope is to support caregivers through this challenging journey and provide them with necessary tools to better care for themselves and their loved ones.

 

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment for caregivers to come together for a day or socialization, advocacy, and education.
  • Provide caregivers with everyday useful information to improve their ability to care for themselves and their loved ones
  • Provide access to community resources

 ASSISTANCE

  • Educational Workshops
  • Community Speakers – experts in the fields of geriatrics, therapy, medicine, and more!
  • Topics: Stress reduction, self-care, nutrition, spirituality, much more!
  • Socialize and connect with other caregivers
  • Community Resources
  • Advocacy

CAP BENEFITS TO CAREGIVERS

  • Prevents Social Isolation – Caregiving is a challenging and often lonely role. Support groups provide an avenue for communication with other individuals going through similar situations who understand you best. Other caregivers can provide validation for your caregiving efforts – which can bring forth the strength needed to get through challenging situations.
  • Provides emotional support through a place conducive to Empathy and Validation – either to receive or provide validation to others in similar situations.
  • Improves coping skills through Education of adaptive vs maladaptive coping techniques
  • Aids in the Reduction of symptoms of depression, anxiety, or distress by providing a nurturing environment conducive to feeling heard and understood while also being provided with useful information to better care for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Developing an understanding of what to expect as a caregiver
  • Getting practical information community resources, and education on ways to improve your life by reducing stress.
  • Improves caregiving abilities by providing you with adaptive techniques to reduce stress and maximize your caregiving abilities for yourself and your loved ones.
  • Prevents institutionalization- helps keep your loved one at home longer by giving you skills necessary to continue caregiving effectively.
  • An opportunity to help others- you have gained good insight on what it takes to care for your loved one. You can share your knowledge and specific skills with others in need. Double benefits as helping others often bring positive feelings and helps reduce negative emotions.
  • And more! – other benefits unique to you and your situation which you can share with others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South Florida Institute on Aging

2038 N. Dixie Highway, Suite 201 | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305

(954) 484-7117

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