SELF-CARE TRAININGS FOR PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS

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As an employer of formal caregivers, you know the challenge of providing quality care for older adults in a time when the aging population (65+) is growing exponentially and easily outpacing available resources.

You are aware of the mounting demands on your organization and how they can translate to added stress on your employees, who are already susceptible to the physical, psychological and emotional strain of caregiving.

Perhaps you are seeing an increase in issues related to employee job stress. Maybe you’re noticing increased tardiness, absences due to re-occurring illness, peer discord, as well as a decrease of job performance. Studies show that stressful working conditions are actually associated with increased absenteeism, tardiness and employee plans to quit their jobs—all of which take a toll on your bottom line. 

We know the risk of compassion fatigue and burnout is great among the helping professions. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that workers who take time off due to stress, anxiety or a related disorder will be off the job for approximately 20 days. It is critical to make proactive prevention a central component of your work culture.

Self-care is the golden rule of caregiving and so often the first to be disregarded. The innate nature of formal caregivers is to give everything to their clients, leaving little time or energy for themselves. Over time, this will cost them personally and professionally, which ultimately will cost you, as you cannot afford to lose the most dedicated and caring workers.

My services can help increase employee retention and create happier, healthier and more balanced team members. When employees learn how to manage stress as they increase self-care, they can become more efficient, impactful caregivers with career longevity.

Happy, Healthy Workers Improve Your Bottom Line

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Recent studies suggest that policies benefiting workers’ health also benefit that organization’s bottom line. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as we know workers who are content with their work environment and have a healthy work-life balance are more productive, engaged and healthier.

A Statista survey from 2017 found that 23 percent of employees reported that their company provided burnout prevention programs and 13 percent offered reintegration programs. This demonstrates the increasing acknowledgment among companies of the importance of stress management, the dangers of burnout and the importance of self-care in creating healthy employees.

We know the “cost of caring” can leave your employees physically, mentally and emotionally depleted. The good news is that I can provide your organization with training workshops that will help prevent compassion fatigue and burnout while creating healthier, happier, more effective caregivers.

Self-Care Trainings Can Help Your Organization Thrive 

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The on-site contract services I offer are designed to teach your employees how to create and integrate meaningful, sustainable self-care plans into their daily lives—increasing personal and professional quality of life, allowing your employees to provide the best care to your client base.

In these trainings I cover a range of topics which may include:

  • What is self-care for caregivers?

  • Why is self-care important?

  • What is compassion fatigue & warning signs?

  • What is burnout & warning signs?

  • Self-care assessment

  • The essential components of holistic self-care (mind/body/spirit)

  • Architecting a self-care plan

  • Keeping the plan Alive

During these trainings, we will cover critical aspects of self-care, such as sleep hygiene, optimizing nutrition, movement, work-life balance, mindfulness, self-compassion, gratefulness, social connectedness, laughter and joy.

These trainings range in length and depth depending on your company’s needs. My trainings are flexible and can be customized to fit the unique needs of your organization. When you prioritize employee well-being, you are sowing seeds that provide your entire organization and the population it serves with a bountiful harvest.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR FAMILIES OF YOUR CLIENTS

Do you see the value of maximizing the marketability of your senior living residence or care agency in an increasingly competitive sector of health care? Are you wondering how to enlist healthy engagement from families of those you serve? 

You know these are both important to the success of your care delivery system but perhaps you have been overlooking an obvious cost-effective approach to help address both needs. Offering an on-premise family support group creates an added benefit to those most often responsible for making the care/living decisions while increasing a positive connection between your agency/residence and the families of your clients.

Caregiver Support Groups Can Provide Resources And Relieve Stress

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I offer on-site family support groups to professional care agencies and senior living communities. These group meetings can range from 60-90 minutes and take place on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis depending on the needs of your organization and the families of the clients you serve.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I facilitate and guide the group process allowing the group to engage and support its members. This is extremely effective in reducing isolation, as the group moves through a common life experience together. Ongoing validation, normalizing and empathy lead to members feeling understood and supported. It can be a true awakening when group members realize they are not the only ones struggling. I ensure the group culture provides a safe, non-judgmental outlet for venting and processing emotions, which helps reduce, stress, anxiety and depression.

When therapeutically relevant, I offer educational opportunities, empowering the group to guide the specific topics and schedule. When warranted, I will bring in specialists to address their area of expertise.

Additional benefits of the support group experience often include, social connection, informal respite networks, sharing information, understanding what to expect in upcoming stages of a loved one’s aging process and practical advice about treatment options and community resources. 

Group therapy can help family caregivers increase their capacity and ability to be empathetic members of the overall care team. After all, a more educated, calmer and supported family will be more present for their loved one, enhancing the care journey for everyone involved.

Common Questions And Concerns About My Contract Services  

Our organization doesn’t have time for self-care trainings.

If you believe your employees are far too busy to make time on their schedules to learn more about self-care, then I would suggest you view that as a big “check engine” warning light and act before your organization begins to break down. 

I’ve heard trainings like these can be expensive.

Although there is a cost associated with this work, not equipping your staff with self-care awareness, knowledge and skills could cost you more in the long run. 

Unmanaged stress will only remain pushed aside for just so long. Eventually it will take its toll. You may already be paying the cost of tardiness, absenteeism and sick leave.  As this grows to the level of compassion fatigue and burnout, your employee turnover rate is sure to increase. The cyclical cost of advertising, interviewing and training new employees will be far greater than the cost of my contract services.

Family members of our clients/residents have been resistant to attending groups.

I’m sure you’ve heard objections such as, “I don’t want to talk to a bunch of strangers.” The beauty of this type of support group is that everyone in the group is struggling with common family caregiver challenges. Members quickly realize they are much more alike than strangers. 

When folks connect with others facing the same difficulties, it can be profoundly healing. 

Perhaps you’ve heard, “I don’t want to be put on the spot or forced to talk.” Here, no one is ever pressured to participate, even those who are more comfortable listening are welcome and may engage when (s)he feels comfortable. There are many objections to attending groups, but here is the important question to ask: “Is the possibility of discomfort from trying a group greater than the real suffering you are experiencing now?” 

Schedule A Consultation

If you’re interested in learning more about my contract services, please call 303-618-7595 or contact me here to schedule a consultation

I’ve known Jim Macris for more than 20 years as a professional colleague. I’d put very few colleagues in the same class of professionalism. Jim has set the bar super-high with his work ethic. He is a man of ethics, integrity and has a reputation for being trustworthy.
— Tracey McCormack, LSM Adjunct Professor UCLA & NYU
 

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