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1 To Everything There is a Season WELCOME TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON… A WORKSHOP FOR RURAL CAREGIVERS

2 To Everything There is a Season WORKSHOP GOAL To encourage and better equip individuals and families who are caring for a family member with a long-term or chronic Illness or disability.

3 To Everything There is a Season WHO IS A CAREGIVER? There are four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. ~ Rosalynn Carter

4 To Everything There is a Season YOU ARE NOT ALONE There are 49 million Americans with some form of disability. There are 49 million Americans with some form of disability. Many of these individuals require some type of assistance or care from a family member, friend, or professional. Many of these individuals require some type of assistance or care from a family member, friend, or professional. Nearly everyone will be a caregiver at some time during his or her life. Nearly everyone will be a caregiver at some time during his or her life.

5 To Everything There is a Season CAN YOU CURRENTLY IDENTIFY WITH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CHARACTERISTICS OF A CAREGIVER? Giving assistance in time, energy, and money. Giving assistance in time, energy, and money. Caring for an individual who has some physical or mental impairment. Caring for an individual who has some physical or mental impairment. Helping with many basic activities, such as going to work, getting out of the house, and personal hygiene. Helping with many basic activities, such as going to work, getting out of the house, and personal hygiene. Having your family member depend upon your care for their well-being. Having your family member depend upon your care for their well-being.

6 To Everything There is a Season WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FOR RURAL CAREGIVERS? Philosophy of work Philosophy of work Isolation Isolation Independent spirit Independent spirit Transportation Transportation Standard of living (older adults) Standard of living (older adults) Separation from extended family Separation from extended family Can you think of others? Can you think of others?

7 To Everything There is a Season WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING A CAREGIVER IN A RURAL COMMUNITY? Familiar surroundings Familiar surroundings Many rural communities have strong informal support systems Many rural communities have strong informal support systems Slower pace of life Slower pace of life Can you think of others? Can you think of others?

8 To Everything There is a Season ISSUES THAT WILL BE TOUCHED UPON DURING THIS WORKSHOP Impact and asking for assistance Impact and asking for assistance Commitment to marriage and communication Commitment to marriage and communication Changing roles and children Changing roles and children Laughter and resources Laughter and resources

9 To Everything There is a Season FEEL FREE TO: Take notes Take notes Ask questions Ask questions Challenge concepts presented Challenge concepts presented Share insights Share insights Encourage others Encourage others

10 To Everything There is a Season WHILE WATCHING THE VIDEO, ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: Can I identify with anyone in this presentation? Can I identify with anyone in this presentation? Are any of their responses to caregiving similar to my own? Are any of their responses to caregiving similar to my own? Are there ideas presented that would be helpful for my situation? Are there ideas presented that would be helpful for my situation? Are there ideas presented that I have tried but dont seem to work? Are there ideas presented that I have tried but dont seem to work? Would any of the ideas presented be helpful to someone I know? Would any of the ideas presented be helpful to someone I know?

11 To Everything There is a Season I see a farmer in his field at dawn His land is crying out for rain The years been hard His crops are almost gone But he is not to blame Better days will come and then You will find the blessing Is worth the pain So just believe and let the Seasons Change ~Ray Boltz ~Ray Boltz

12 To Everything There is a Season BASED UPON THE INTERVIEWS IN THE VIDEO, MOST INDIVIDUALS ARE WELL PREPARED TO BECOME CAREGIVERS. TRUE or FALSE

13 To Everything There is a Season CAREGIVING IS PRESENTED AS OFFERING CHALLENGES SUCH AS: Changes in the pace of life Changes in the pace of life Changes in personal freedom Changes in personal freedom A need to reassign responsibilities A need to reassign responsibilities A decrease in income A decrease in income A need to become more patient A need to become more patient

14 To Everything There is a Season ON THE OTHER HAND, CAREGIVING ALSO COMES WITH SIGNIFICANT OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS: More time to spend as a family More time to spend as a family A renewed commitment to family A renewed commitment to family An opportunity to learn new skills An opportunity to learn new skills An opportunity to reprioritize what is important to your family An opportunity to reprioritize what is important to your family Experiencing the joy that can come through service Experiencing the joy that can come through service

15 To Everything There is a Season Cant seem to do enough Cant seem to do enough No time alone No time alone No social life No social life Shut out others trying to help Shut out others trying to help Loving and caring give way to exhaustion and resentment Loving and caring give way to exhaustion and resentment Others? Others? WHAT WERE SOME OF THE DANGER SIGNALS IDENTIFIED BY THOSE INTERVIEWED?

16 To Everything There is a Season WHAT WERE SOME OF THE WAYS PRESENTED TO PREVENT STRESS? Learn to laugh Learn to laugh Keep connected with friends Keep connected with friends Allow time for yourself Allow time for yourself Ask others for help Ask others for help Practice good health habits Practice good health habits Maintain your faith Maintain your faith

17 To Everything There is a Season Two are better than one… if one falls down, his friend can help him up. ~ Solomon ~ Solomon

18 To Everything There is a Season HOW WERE MARRIAGES STRENGTHENED BY BEING PLACED IN A CAREGIVING ROLE? ___________________________________ ___________________________________

19 To Everything There is a Season HOW CAN COMMUNICATION BE IMPROVED BETWEEN THE CAREGIVER AND THE CARE RECEIVER? Telling the other what helps you Telling the other what helps you Letting the other know you appreciate specific things they do for you Letting the other know you appreciate specific things they do for you Praise openly and often – criticize privately and infrequently Praise openly and often – criticize privately and infrequently Avoid sarcasm, avoidance and teasing Avoid sarcasm, avoidance and teasing Touching Touching Are there other ways? Are there other ways?

20 To Everything There is a Season HOW DID THOSE IN THE VIDEO HANDLE CHANGING ROLES? Focusing on the important Focusing on the important Establishing priorities Establishing priorities Communicating concerns and expectations Communicating concerns and expectations Communicating needs with employees Communicating needs with employees Accepting the need to learn new skills Accepting the need to learn new skills Setting aside traditional roles Setting aside traditional roles

21 To Everything There is a Season WERE YOU AWARE THAT HUGGING IS GOOD FOR YOU? Hugging is healthy Hugging is healthy Hugging is all natural Hugging is all natural Hugging is practically perfect Hugging is practically perfect Have you had your hug today? Have you had your hug today?

22 To Everything There is a Season CULTIVATE LAUGHTER A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Solomon ~ Solomon

23 To Everything There is a Season HOW HAVE SOME OF YOU EXPERIECED HEALING THROUGH SERVICE? ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Love is a fruit always in season. ~ Mother Teresa ~ Mother Teresa

24 To Everything There is a Season Hearts grown cold May be warmed by the summer sun Dreams you hold May be closer than you know Seasons Change… ~ Ray Boltz ~ Ray Boltz

25 To Everything There is a Season ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Any item, piece of equipment or system, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities or assist caregivers. Any item, piece of equipment or system, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities or assist caregivers.

26 To Everything There is a Season HOW COULD ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY HELP YOU IN YOUR CAREGIVING ROLE? ___________________________________ ___________________________________

27 To Everything There is a Season EXAMPLE ACTIVITY Desired outcome: Desired outcome: - This activity will help your family discuss both the positive and negative aspects of the disability. BRIGHTENING THE SEASON

28 To Everything There is a Season BRIGHTENING THE SEASON Activity: Activity: Discuss one of the following topics: What is really important to our family?What is really important to our family? How will this disability affect our plans for the future?How will this disability affect our plans for the future? Should we develop a budget?Should we develop a budget? How should we share anger and frustration?How should we share anger and frustration? How should we reassign responsibilities?How should we reassign responsibilities?

29 To Everything There is a Season Assignment: Assignment: -After everyone has had the opportunity to talk and share their feelings, select one area that you want to work on together as a family. How can we overcome or improve a negative aspect of a specific issue?How can we overcome or improve a negative aspect of a specific issue? How can we enhance one positive aspect and explore ways to strengthen our family?How can we enhance one positive aspect and explore ways to strengthen our family? BRIGHTENING THE SEASON

30 To Everything There is a Season Personal thoughts: Personal thoughts: Describe your feelings.Describe your feelings. How would you respond to them?How would you respond to them? BRIGHTENING THE SEASON

31 To Everything There is a Season REMEMBER Never give up, never, never, never give up. ~ Winston Churchill


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