Caregiver Education

What is a caregiver?

A caregiver is a person who helps another individual with their activities of daily living – eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring/walking, and continence or instrumental activities of daily living – managing medications, finances, appointments, transportation, or assistance with meal preparation, housework, pets, etc. Approximately 87% of Americans receive this necessary assistance from informal, or family, caregivers. People are often thrust into the role of caregiver when a loved one is disabled, falls ill or experiences issues related to aging, and rarely do they have the proper knowledge of resources that can help.

According to AARP, 58% of family caregivers are currently employed, balancing work with their caregiving role. Further, it has been estimated that U.S. businesses lose up to $33.6 billion per year in lost productivity from full-time caregiving employees. These losses could be due to employees’ need to provide transportation to medical appointments, make arrangements for care or communicate with health professionals.

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Are You:

This powerful Family Caregiver Educational Series is for you!

Below are the topics that we currently offer:

You care for others, but who is caring for you?

Are you a parent? Do you have parents that you do anything for? Do you in any way assist anyone in your house who has a disability or an ongoing medical condition? If so, you are a caregiver. 

You are amazing, and we appreciate all of the sacrifices you make on a daily basis- your love for others is a vital part of keeping our society going. But, we are worried about you. We are noticing an escalating trend of caregivers burning out, getting injured, manifesting their own negative health conditions and some are even dying. 

We have crafted this workshop specifically to give back to you. We go over the physical and emotional toll of being a caregiver and help identify factors of self-neglect. We provide practical solutions for eliminating fatigue and avoiding it in the future. We review self-care techniques and logistical tips to make any needed change sustainable, reasonable, and doable. 

Allow us to provide some relief, soothe some possible guilt, and equip you to love in a sustainable way.

This training from the Dementia-Friendly America National Network will ensure that you are! Arizona has the second-highest growth rate for Alzheimer’s- which is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. and just one of the dementias you can be diagnosed with.  Is dementia a normal part of aging? Do only older adults get it? Is it more than just a memory problem? If you are diagnosed, what kind of quality of life can someone expect? Our workshop will cover these questions and more, including what dementia actually is, what the warning signs are, and how to create an environment that is friendly to those who have been diagnosed. The question isn’t about whether or not you will run into someone with dementia, but when. If you want to be someone who can respond with respect for what they are going through and act in a way that is safe for both you and them, then this presentation is a must.

Let us Demystify it.

Do you have members who are planning retirement? Is there anyone in the group you serve who, in any way, is looking after another person who no longer can care for themselves as they use to? Are your people connected with anyone who has a disability or is navigating a serious illness? If so, you know people who are already navigating the complexities of Long Term Care.  Grasping what Long Term Care is, what resources and services are out there and which ones are actually needed, and how you pay for all of it can be overwhelming. Our workshop has been designed specifically to help demystify the process and help people understand their options.   If you would like to help your members be as equipped as possible to create the best system of resources for their unique life needs, then let’s connect. FSL is here to serve the servants of our society.

How to prevent falls and common, related injuries to children and older adults.

This thorough workshop teases out all of the shocking, little-known causes of falls and injury IN YOUR OWN HOME AND VEHICLE!  We will show you how health and self-care relate to preventing falls and bring safety concepts to life by virtually going room-by-room throughout a typical residence, identifying risk factors, and easy, practical fixes to making your home the safest it can be. We will also show you some life-saving safety tools you can purchase online for your vehicle as well as connect you to resources that allow you to try out various products for free.  If your house or car will, at any point welcome an older adult or young child into its cozy recesses, you need to see this!

We all know they are out there: people who are hunting other, vulnerable individuals in order to take advantage of them. How do you safeguard yourself, your money, and those you love? Arm yourself with insider knowledge. 

Whether you are an older adult or you have older adults in your life that you want to protect, this is a workshop that will ensure you don’t fall prey to the common traps set out in both the digital and interpersonal world. 

We will teach you what is out there, how to easily identify them, why they work, and how to avoid them. We will also give you resources for further education and protective services.

Here to Educate

As a part of our community-based health and wellness program initiatives, FSL has created a 5-part educational series. We would relish the opportunity to share the knowledge years of experience working with the most vulnerable populations of Arizona has taught us.

Nydia Montijo (pictured here) has been addressing health and human issues for 40+ years- half of which has specifically focused on older adult issues. She has a master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health Practice; her educational and personal experience as a caregiver makes her an ideal candidate to facilitate these educational experiences. She is passionate about caregiver issues after having provided caregiving to her parents for over 7 years. She is excited to share lessons learned, teaching self-advocacy, and help you not feel as though you have to reinvent the wheel. Nydia assures, “You are not alone and there exists many resources to help you.”

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For more information, please contact Nydia Montijo, Outreach Coordinator, at 602-285-0505 extension 153

Interested in hosting a 60 minute presentation at your facility?