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Building Caregiver Resilience


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Are you struggling to manage the challenges of caring for a loved one? Feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by juggling family, work, home and caregiving responsibilities? Are you a Health or senior care professional witnessing your patients’ families struggling and wonder how to help them? When facing challenges, resilience provides the capacity to handle tough decisions, to persevere and prevail. When tapping resilience, the daunting becomes do-able; difficult experiences turn into learning experiences.

Both family caregivers and the professionals who support them are invited to view this presentation. This workshop includes 6 parts that will teach you empowering and sustaining resilience-building strategies:

- Defining resilience and why it is important for family caregivers
- How lack of resilience impacts health care and home care organizations
- A method for assessing caregiver resilience
- Practical ways to build caregiver resilience
- Effective strategies professionals use to promote caregiver resilience
- Helpful resources caregivers can use to build resilience

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Building Caregiver Resilience

  1. 1. The Griswold Solutions SeriesTM Building Caregiver Resilience Preserving Your Capacity to Care © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  2. 2. Presented by: © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Jane Meier Hamilton, MSN, RN CEO and Founder Partners on the Path, LLC • Nurse for 40 years/family caregiver for 20 years • Support professional & family caregivers • Content expertise in caregiver stress, resilience & compassion fatigue
  3. 3. © 2014 Griswold International, LLC It was not so long ago that patients and family caregivers…too often felt cast adrift by their health care professionals, who were trained in the science and jargon of medicine. Health care works best when the patient or family caregiver is not simply an interested bystander, but an integral part of health care. Patients and families are ‘vital voices’ in improving the provision of quality health care. John Schall, Executive Director of Caregiver Action Network In November We Celebrate National Family Caregiver’s Month Source:
  4. 4. Family Caregivers Professional Caregivers © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Thank You, Caregivers! Capable, Committed and Compassionate!
  5. 5. Objectives • Resilience: Definition and importance • Lack of resilience: Impact on organizations • Assessing caregiver resilience • Resilience-building strategies for caregivers • Strategies that professionals can use to promote caregiver resilience • Helpful resilience-building resources © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  6. 6. BRAIN WRITING Solutions Brainwriting is… • a fun, engaging way to brainstorm • sharing as many ideas as possible within a short timeframe Brainwriting Process • Listen for our questions • When prompted, enter your solutions using the webinar chat function • Don’t overthink or agonize…There are no right or wrong answers Brainwriting Outcomes • Peer-to-peer learning and sharing • A publication that benefits others involved in this topic Important • Avoid sharing any information that you would not want others to see Orange Arrow Button: Minimizes or expands the GoToWebinar control panel. © 2014 Griswold International, LLC © 2013 Griswold International, LLC
  7. 7. Resilience The ability to... · withstand · recover · grow the face of stressors and changing demands. © 2014 Griswold International, LLC - US Air Force
  8. 8. Personal Resilience The forces of fate that bear down on man and threaten to break him also have the capacity to ennoble him. © 2014 Griswold International, LLC - Viktor Frankl
  9. 9. Why Caregiver Resilience Matters For Individuals For © 2014 Griswold International, LLC · Patient outcomes · Cost · Length of stay · Readmissions · Satisfaction · Teamwork · Personal toll (physical, mental/ emotional, occupational, social, spiritual) · Strength & stamina · Coping · Bouncing back/ forward Organizations
  10. 10. Ten Resilience Factors · Optimism · Facing fear · Moral compass & altruism · Meaning, purpose & growth · Social support © 2014 Griswold International, LLC · Role models · Training · Brain fitness: mind & heart · Flexibility: cognitive & emotional · Religion & spirituality
  11. 11. Resilience-Building Model © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Improving stress response Adverse or stressful events Self-care practices Increasing resilience Biopsychosocial-spiritual well-being Positive adaptation and cognitive transformation Used with permission: Grafton et. al. 2010. The Power Within: Oncology Nursing Forum, 11, 698-704.
  12. 12. How Can I Build My Resilience? © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Sources: and www. Social Total Force Fitness Spiritual Physical Behavioral Nutritional Medical Environmental Psychological • Substance Abuse • Hygiene • Risk Mitigation • Social support • Task cohesion • Social cohesion • Family cohesion • Access • Immunizations • Screening • Prophylaxis • Dental • Service values • Positive beliefs • Meaning making • Ethical leadership • Accomodate diversity • Strength • Endurance • Flexibility • Mobility • Coping • Awareness • Beliefs/Appraisals • Decision making • Engagement • Heat/Cold • Altitude • Noise • Air quality • Food quality • Nutrition requirements • Supplement use • Food choices
  13. 13. Acts That Build Resilience 1. Physical 2. Nutritional © 2014 Griswold International, LLC · Balanced, healthy diet · Adequate fluid intake · Avoid empty calories · Exercise: fitness/stamina · Adequate sleep and rest · Good hygeine/appearance · Drug, alcohol, tobacco use
  14. 14. Acts That Build Resilience 3. Medical 4. Environmental © 2014 Griswold International, LLC · Environmental stressors - Temperature - Noise & interruptions - Air quality · Workplace/home safety · Limiting risks · Organization & beauty · Accessing quality health care · Preventive screenings · Managing injuries · Managing chronic conditions
  15. 15. Acts That Build Resilience 5. Psychological 6. Behavioral © 2014 Griswold International, LLC · Avoid stress numbing · Problem-focused coping · Recognize/share feelings · Persist despite difficulty · Physically work off emotion · Self-belief · Realistic optimism · Mindfulness: calm & focus · Accept uncertainty · Re-label & normalize
  16. 16. Acts That Build Resilience 7. Social 8. Spiritual © 2014 Griswold International, LLC · Values, beliefs & purpose · God/Source of meaning · Pray/Worship/Meditate · Nature & the arts · Seek inspiration · Link to positive support - Emotional - Informational - Hands-on help · Physical/cyber communities · Fun, socializing & hobbies · Time-off & time alone · Separate work/home
  17. 17. Practice Healthy Self-Care Protective: Like daily dental care High Leverage: Small acts guard health Add-to: Not to replace problem solving © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  18. 18. Importance of Professional Support · Assessing family caregiver needs · Incorporating into team decisions · Effectively implementing care plan · Preventing relapse and readmission © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  19. 19. Solutions and Tools © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Caregiver Resilience Tools Caregiver Engagement Tools
  20. 20. Advocacy: Next Step in Care Engagement Tool: © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  21. 21. Advocacy: Next Step in Care Care Coordination: New Guides for Health Care Providers and for Family Caregivers · A Family Caregiver's Guide to Care Coordination · A Professional Care Coordinator's Guide to Partnering with Family Caregivers New Tool Helps Hospital Staff to Work with Family Caregivers · Understanding and Integrating Family Caregivers into the Re-Engineered Discharge © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  22. 22. More Engagement Tools © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Engagement Tool:
  23. 23. Advocacy: Project RED Engagement © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Tool:
  24. 24. Action Plan for Building Resilience Download this free worksheet to help guide you through: · Assessing current practices · Planning helpful new approaches Download Here: © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  25. 25. More Resilience Tools APA: The Road To Resilience © 2014 Griswold International, LLC The Resilience Factor Authors: K. Reivich & A. Shatte Resilience Authors: S.M. Southwick & D.S. Carney The Resilient Clinician Author: R.J. Wicks Bounce Author: R.J. Wicks Resilience Tools:
  26. 26. Tools: Caregiver Action Network © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Front Page Toolbox Resilience Tools:
  27. 27. Tools: Family Caregiver Alliance © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Resilience Tool:
  28. 28. Tools: The Resilience Scale © 2014 Griswold International, LLC Resilience Tool:
  29. 29. Tools for Professionals © 2014 Griswold International, LLC American Psychological Association Resilience Tool:
  30. 30. Key Takeaways Caregiving is meaningful, but takes a toll Resilient caregivers support patient wellness and recovery, and prevent readmissions Important role for professionals: assess and support family caregivers © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  31. 31. Open QA 1. Click to expand if necessary 2. Type questions here © 2014 Griswold International, LLC
  32. 32. © 2014 Griswold International, LLC National 24x7 Care Line: 800-GRISWOLD Brought to you by: Extraordinary Home Care at Affordable Rates Since 1982 Griswold Home Care offers access to affordable non-medical care options to assist your loved one. CareAssure Screening System™ The Griswold Golden Rule: We only approve caregivers we would trust in our own homes. QuickCare Placement™ We give each family access to the most experienced caregivers available. ValueCare Commitment™ Simple Rates. Unmatched Value. Our all-inclusive rates are among the most affordable.