Working with Informal Caregivers
With family members and other unpaid, or “informal,” caregivers providing 85 percent of ongoing primary assistance for older adults in the U.S. today, social service and healthcare providers must be able to work effectively with this essential component of a comprehensive system of care. Studies show that informal caregivers often experience a high degree of satisfaction from their contributions, but they also experience stress and other difficulties as they struggle to meet innumerable challenges. This course will prepare you to adapt your knowledge of supportive services, resource development, and care management to support and collaborate with informal caregivers in a wide variety of situations in different service arenas. (4 CEUs)
- Knowledge of the influence of aging on family dynamics.
- Understanding of the importance of establishing rapport and maintaining an effective working relationship with family members as well as the older adult receiving care.
- Appreciation of the need to engage caregivers in reducing their stress and maintaining their own physical and mental health.
- Skills and tools to provide referrals to resources and services, to enhance the coping capacity of older adults and caregivers, and to utilize appropriate interventions.