Who Cares for the Caregiver?
“Who cares for the Caregiver” is an overview of the Share The Care model and a rousing call to action for health professional conferences, seminars, or workshops.
As a highly regarded grassroots caregiving model, STC has been used throughout the U.S., Canada and other countries to help people who are in need of support. It was born out of the real-life needs and the experiences of 12 women (who didn’t know each other) who cared for a terminally ill mutual friend. By working closely together for nearly four years they developed a model that could support their friend as well as themselves, so no one person had too much to do and each managed to keep her own life in good working order.
Professionals will learn the first steps needed to organize the critical first meeting of a STC group and why working in close-knit teams helps maintain the group’s long-term ability to sustain their support.
During this overview of the STC model, participants learn about the key STC systems and see examples of STC in action in various communities around the world as well as their inspiring accomplishments.
(60-90 minutes) Q & A, handout brochures
How to Turn “What Can I do to Help?” Into Action
“How to Turn ‘What Can I do to Help?’ Into Action” is perfect for caregivers, concerned friends, caregiver events, conferences, support groups and the general public.
A friend tells you of a loved one’s illness. Another says she or he is caring for an aging parent. A couple faces long-term health issues with no outside support. We’ve all said it – because it’s the most universal, most instinctive reaction: “What can I do to help?” Everyone will be touched by caregiving at some point in life. What can each of us do now so that we are better prepared for our turn at bat? And how can we avoid burning out?
During this introduction to the Share The Care™ (STC) model, you’ll hear the story of how the first STC group was born and what happened to inspire the authors to write the STC guidebook so that others could follow in their footsteps.
The presentation includes examples of STC groups who have gone above and beyond the usual caregiving “call of duty” and their very inspiring accomplishments.
This presentation is about “community” at its best.
(60-90 minute) Q & A, handout brochures
Single, Separated, Widowed or Divorced –
“Who Cares for the Person Who Lives Alone?”
“Single, Separated, Widowed or Divorced – “Who Cares for the Person Who Lives Alone?” is an important topic for communities, villages and aging organizations. Today more than 31 million people live alone far from family; or they have no family. What happens when they need help? Who will care for them?
This presentation is filled with stories of groups that came to the rescue of individuals without family, or spouse, or relatives who could take on a caregiver role including within the LGBTQ community.
The audience learns through storytelling of how “created Share The Care (STC) families” have overcome some very difficult challenges. And though these families cannot cure, they can heal.
This presentations includes what it takes to start a STC group as well as important suggestions on how we can each “be better prepared” should we ever need support–no matter if we have family or not.
(60-90 minutes) Q & A, handout brochures and article by Warnock on this subject
“Let’s Get Started” A Workshop for Caregivers and Concerned Friends
“Let’s Get Started” A Workshop for Caregivers and Concerned Friends” targets caregivers, care recipients without a caregiver or friends of someone who is struggling.
If your organization or institution works with caregivers who are ready to accept a STC group but need guidance to get started we offer a special workshop. Because the initial STC group meeting is designed to be organized and led by two committed friends, each caregiver will need to enlist them to attend and participate.
Working together in little groups within a larger group, people feel more encouraged and less alone in their need for outside support. Lots of Q & A and sharing.
Following background stories and examples of what groups are capable of doing we walk everyone through each of the steps needed to organize and maintain their first STC meeting.
If a care recipient has no family caregiver – this is a wonderful way for two friends to start a “caregiving family” to support them.
Following this workshop each should leave with a plan of action and a sense of confidence and enthusiasm about accepting help.
This workshop is between 2 – 3 hours (depending on number of people.)
Materials: Each participant receives a copy of the STC guidebook and a special “Let’s Get Started” workbook to use while learning as well as 23 STC forms, handouts and suggestions. This workshop would be ideal for disease specific organizations or for programs focused on helping the caregivers of our military and veterans.