Managing Caregiver Stress and Pressure: Online Course Module 1
Are you struggling with how to manage caregiver stress and pressure? If so, you’re in the right place to find support.
Caregiver stress can negatively affect your mental and physical health. If you don’t manage stress you are more likely to experience changes in your health and ability to manage aspects of your life. Research confirms that family caregivers often suffer from more health concerns that the persons for whom they care.
Learn the A-Z of Caregiving
Learn the A-Z of caring for elderly parents, managing emotions, and family relationships in Module 1 of Taking Care of Elderly Parents at Home from caregiving expert Pamela D Wilson.
The first module in this online caregiver education program, Becoming a Caregiver: How to Care for Aging Parents, addresses caregiver emotions.
Learn More About What You Can Expect to Learn in The Other Seven Modules of Pamela’s Online Caregiver Education Program
The Effects of Caregiver Stress
Caregiving relationships can be complicated. As a result, learning ways to manage caregiver stress and pressure is critical.
If not, caregivers may eventually become resentful or angry about caring for aging parents. Additionally, as a result of burnout, caregivers may become physically exhausted or mentally distracted and they may not provide the best care.
If you are new to caring for elderly parents you may not realize that this journey can last years and take more of your time than you might imagine. If you’ve been a caregiver for some time, you may be aware of the sacrifices that result from trading time to care for parents.
While many caregivers would not make other choices, this doesn’t mean being a caregiver is easy. The four sections below with corresponding videos on Pamela’s YouTube Channel offer education for family caregivers that translates to all areas of life.
Each section below links to the caregiver webinar videos on Pamela’s YouTube Channel.
Module One: Managing Emotions, Family Relationships, and Elderly Parents Who Refuse Care
By working through this online caregiver education program about how to manage caregiver stress and pressure, family caregivers will be able to:
- Identify the stress factors related to caregiving
- Recognize why trying to do it all places the caregiver’s health and well-being at risk
- Create strategies for managing complicated or difficult family relationships
- Adopt realistic expectations about caring for elderly parents and loved ones
Click on the links below in PINK to watch the webinar video and to view the slides that correspond to each video.
Section 1: The Emotional Ups and Downs of Being a Caregiver
Identify stressful events in the lives of caregivers including working and caring for elderly parents. Learn about the stages of caring for parents and recognize the importance of asking for help.
Demonstrate an awareness of the pressures faced by working caregivers so that you can formulate a plan to manage career goals and family relationships. Learn how to initiate practical discussions with loved ones about caregiving responsibilities
Learn how the care and health of elderly parents might progress by learning about their health and current needs so that you can minimize unexpected surprises. Identify the financial, time, and personal resources required to provide care.
Identify steps to manage caregiver frustration, initiate conversations with elderly parents about remaining independent and create a caregiving to-do list to share with family members.
Section 2: Dealing With Stubborn Elderly Parents
Begin to relate the idea of physical activity to a loved one’s health and independence. Learn empathy and compassion about mental and physical changes that happen with aging. Apply knowledge of how the experience of change and loss can affect mood, motivation, and mental health.
Differentiate between normal abilities and the signs of decline in the activity and health of aging parents. Detect changes in activities of daily living (ADLs) so that you can prevent safety or health risks. Learn how to resist the tendency to “take over” tasks that elderly parents can still do because you are pressed for time or can do the tasks more quickly.
Section 3: Working With Family Members Who Don’t Get Along
Identify how childhood relationships with parents affect interest and commitment to caring for elderly parents when children are older. Recognize how perceptions or beliefs about aging may be faulty. Learn how to respond positively to challenging relationships.
Identify behaviors that parents model in families and how these form future habits and beliefs for their children. Gain insights to recognize and reduce family drama. Stop enabling behaviors in caregiving relationships.
Learn how to minimize family disagreements to avoid legal issues. Recognize how the actions of aging parents can complicate sibling relationships. Plus how to be practical about the challenges of caring for parents in blended family situations.
Section 4: How to Set Boundaries and Manage Guilt
Learn the risks of mental exhaustion on the caregiver’s ability to provide good care for elderly parents. Identify how to create a time and a financial caregiving budget to support realistic caregiving expectations. Identify positive actions, habits, and routines to support caregiver well-being.
Recite reasons that guilt exists in caregiving relationships. Learn how to manage regrets, opportunities, and choices. Implement steps to manage care situations that focus on reasonable actions and expectations.
Identify four steps caregivers can take to adapt to ever-changing care situations. Differentiate between health issues and physical abilities of elderly parents. Create daily patterns to support activities.
Made it this far? Congratulations on building your caregiving skills and knowledge. Keep going and check out the remainder of the modules in this caregiving program.
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