Category Archives: Caregiving

PENNCARES UPCOMING TRAININGS

PennCares conducts researched-based trainings designed to assist caregivers, families, and professional individuals working in the field of human services.  PennCares provides trainings with excellent resources, current information, all in an engaging webinar format, which are fun, informative, and keeps the attention of participants.

Below are PennCares upcoming trainings. For more information and to register, click on each title of the trainings which will take you to its registration page.
Visit our website, www.penncares.org often to see the most recent up-to-date list of our training offerings.
 
Age My Way Webinar

May 10, 2022

This program is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers/White Rose Senior Center
 
One Team, One Mission: Discovering  Ways to Collaborate After COVID 19 May 11, 2022 This webinar is made possible through a generous Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
 
Care for the Family Caregiver: Using Self-Care to Combat Compassion Fatigue May 13, 2022This presentation and the free classes are funded by Summit Endowment. Registrants must be Franklin County residents or employees
 
Healthy Thoughts in Older Adulthood: Recognizing & Treating Anxiety & Depression May 18, 2022 This program is made possible through a grant from the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation, a regional Foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
 
Preparing Families for Raising Grandchildren from Diverse Generational Lenses
(1st of 2 Part Series) May 18, 2022 (1st Session)

Sept. 19, 2022 (2nd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
 
Family Road Map
(3 Part Series)
Must attend all Sessions to Receive books and Certificate of Attendance May 19, 2022 (1st Session)

July 11, 2022 (2nd Session)

 August 3, 2022 (3rd Session)This program is made possible through a grant from Greater Harrisburg
 Community Upstream 
 
Isolation in Older Adults:
 Managing Adjustments after the Losses of the Pandemic
  May 24, 2022 – Coming Soon
This webinar is made possible through a generous grant from the Memorial Health Fund
 
Isolation in Older Adults – Managing Adjustments after the Losses of the Pandemic 
 June 14, 2022This webinar is made possible through a generous Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
 
The New Age of Anxiety and Depression: Navigating Consumers through Stress During Chaotic Times 

June 15, 2022

This webinar is made possible through a generous Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
 
Mental Illness & Self Medicating 
 June 16, 2022This webinar is presented by Drug Free Workplace PA 
 
“Anyone who stops learning is old,
whether at twenty or eighty. 
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
―  Henry Ford Please keep checking our website for new trainings and information on how you can register
throughout the summer months!
 
CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS
 
Take a Moment to Breathe: Kids Yoga and Mindfulness ClassesWednesdays – April 27, May 4,
May 18, and May 25, 2022 
This is program is made possible through a grant from the York County Community Foundation
 
The Whole Child: Children & Family Wellness Initiative(Includes Yoga Kids’ Summer Series and Music & Movement Series)Tuesdays – June 14, June 21, June, 28, July 5, July 12, & July 26, 2022 – Coming Soon
This program is made possible through a grant from the Stabler Foundation
 

Look for PennCares educational presentations
at these upcoming conferences.
May 10, 2022 – – Holistic Approaches in Addiction Recovery at theDauphin County Addictions Conference (Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA)June 8, 2022 – – Combating Social Isolation at the PHFA Conference (Kalahari Resort at Pocono Manor, PA)
 

CARE FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER:USING SELF-CARE TO COMBAT COMPASSION FATIGUE 

FREE TRAINING
In Person Webinar
CARE FOR THE FAMILY CAREGIVER:
USING SELF-CARE TO COMBAT COMPASSION FATIGUE
 
Register Today!


A Resource Fair Will Follow the Presentation

May 13, 2022

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM


  Description:

Are you taking care of a child, parent or other family members with developmental or medical needs? Are you struggling with the stress of caring for them?  Is the day to day stress impacting your daily life?  Participants will learn how to identify stressors and learn strategies to decrease depression and anxiety of being a family caregiver. Stress Relief Kits will be given to participants at the live presentation. Participants will also be offered a free class at Lotus Moon Gallery and Yoga and a free fun art make and take session at Hammer & Stain Chambersburg. 
Objectives: Define and explain the following terms: compassion fatigue, burn out and stress. Understand the difference between compassion fatigue and burn out and how the two terms are related. Understand how stress impacts the body, mind and soul.Practice tips for self-regulation techniques. Target Audience:Family caregivers who provide care to family members with developmental and medical needs. Professional Caregivers who support families. This presentation and the free classes are funded by Summit Endowment. For more information or for help registering, please contact Cynthia Bosserman at cbosserman@penncares.org or (717) 632-552 x3102Friday
May13
9:30-11:00 AM Click to Register
In Person Location: LifePoint Church339 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg
 

VA Annual Caregiver Summit – May 17

PHCA Quality Symposium

2022 PHCA Quality Symposium:
Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 4 – Wednesday, May 18
 
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
During the two-week PHCA Quality Symposium, subject matter experts will be presenting on quality, operational, and clinical practices/processes that greatly benefit skilled nursing, assisted living, and personal care providers to improve their quality, efficiency, outcomes, and improve lives, not just today, but in the future.  

Attendees can receive up to 10 continuing education credits for attending the Symposium’s ten live and on-demand sessions.

Given the success of the 2021 virtual Quality Symposium, this year’s Symposium will be held virtually from May 4 to May 18, 2022, on the Event Attendee Hub platform.    

Why Sponsor?
ACCESS to more than 150 of Pennsylvania’s directors of nursing, quality assurance and  improvement directors, nursing home administrators and more. 

AWARENESS to ensure quality control leaders in the senior living sector remember your company’s name and products by keeping your name and products in front of them at all times. 
To learn more and to confirm your sponsorship, contact Michelle Wescott at 301-850-1043 or via email at mwescott@discoverSB.com

PennCares Upcoming Trainings

PennCares conducts researched-based trainings designed to assist caregivers, families, and professional individuals working in the field of human services.  PennCares provides trainings with excellent resources, current information, all in an engaging webinar format, which are fun, informative, and keeps the attention of participants.

March 30, 2022
This webinar is made possible through a generous
grant from the Memorial Health Fund

See additional trainings by clicking on Upcoming Trainings below!

Office of Developmental Program (ODP) is seeking your valuable feedback!

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is pleased to announce the opportunity for public comment on proposed changes to the Adult Autism Waiver. As part of this process, ODP is seeking your valuable feedback and comments on the proposed waiver amendment. There is a 30-day public comment period that starts on March 12, 2022, and ends on April 11, 2022.

Two webinars are planned that will allow stakeholders to provide public comment. Registration information for the webinars and details on how to access the proposed changes as well as submitting comments are also supplied in the announcement. 

ODP Announcement (disabilityrightspa.org)

Care for the Caregiver: Using Self Care to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Wednesday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Live Webinar

Cost: $10

1.5 Social Work CEUs available

This webinar is made possible through a generous grant from the Memorial Health Fund.

Description: Are you taking care of a child, parent or other family member with developmental or medical needs? Are you struggling with the stress of caring for them?  Is the day-to-day stress impacting your daily life?  Participants will learn how to identify stressors and learn strategies to decrease depression and anxiety of being a caregiver.

Objectives:

  • Define and explain the following terms: compassion fatigue, burnout and stress
  • Understand the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout and how the two terms are related
  • Understand how stress impacts the body, mind and soul
  • Practice tips for self-regulation techniques

Target Audience:

  • Family caregivers who provide care to family members with developmental and medical needs
  • Professional Caregivers who support families

Register by visiting: https://www.penncares.org/event/care-for-the-caregiver-using-self-care-to-combat-compassion-fatigue/

“Unpaid Caregivers Were Already Struggling. It’s Only Gotten Worse During The Pandemic” – NPR

caregivers during covid

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for unpaid caregivers, with many reporting symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.” – Portra Images via Getty Images

by Rhitu ChatterJee

“The pandemic has taken a massive toll on people’s mental health. But a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms what many of us are seeing and feeling in our own lives: The impact has been particularly devastating for parents and unpaid caregivers of adults.

“Two-thirds of survey respondents who identified as unpaid caregivers said they experienced mental health challenges during the pandemic, such as symptoms of anxiety or depression, or suicidal thoughts.

“Only one-third of people with no caregiving responsibilities reported the same symptoms.

“Of the more than 10,000 survey respondents, more than 40% identified as being unpaid caregivers.

“‘What is striking here is just how widespread unpaid caregiving responsibilities are in the population and how much of a burden and a toll these responsibilities’ are having, says Shantha Rajaratnam, a co-author of the study and a psychologist at the Turner Institute of Brain and Mental Health at Monash University in Australia.”

Click here to read this article at NPR in its entirety.

“Caring for an Aging Nation” – KHN

“The number of Americans 65 and older is expected to nearly double in the next 40 years. Finding a way to provide and pay for the long-term health services they need won’t be easy.”

aging nation(LYDIA ZURAW / KHN)

by Lydia Zuraw and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez

“Health care for the nation’s seniors looms large as the baby-boom generation ages into retirement. President Joe Biden tacitly acknowledged those needs in March with his proposal to spend $400 billion over the next eight years to improve access to in-home and community-based care.

“The swelling population of seniors will far outpace growth in other age groups. That acceleration — and the slower growth in other age groups — could leave many older Americans with less family to rely on for help in their later years. Meanwhile, federal officials estimate that more than half of people turning 65 will need long-term care services at some point. That care is expensive and can be hard to find.”

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Click here to see the Kaiser Health Network data visualizations in full.

“Aiding Her Dying Husband, a Geriatrician Learns the Emotional and Physical Toll of Caregiving” – Kaiser Health News

geriatrician and toll of caregiving

Dr. Rebecca Elon’s life took an unexpected turn in 2013 when she noticed personality changes and judgment lapses in her husband, Dr. William Henry Adler III. He was eventually diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia with motor neuron disease and died in February. (Dr. Kris Kuhn)

by Judith Graham

“The loss of a husband. The death of a sister. Taking in an elderly mother with dementia.

“This has been a year like none other for Dr. Rebecca Elon, who has dedicated her professional life to helping older adults.

“It’s taught her what families go through when caring for someone with serious illness as nothing has before. ‘Reading about caregiving of this kind was one thing. Experiencing it was entirely different,’ she told me.

“Were it not for the challenges she’s faced during the coronavirus pandemic, Elon might not have learned firsthand how exhausting end-of-life care can be, physically and emotionally — something she understood only abstractly previously as a geriatrician.

“And she might not have been struck by what she called the deepest lesson of this pandemic: that caregiving is a manifestation of love and that love means being present with someone even when suffering seems overwhelming.

“All these experiences have been ‘a gift, in a way: They’ve truly changed me,’ said Elon …

Continue reading this article in its entirety at KHN, click here.