Family Caregiver Education
FSL is Serving the Servants.
What is a “Family Caregiver”?
Simply put, a caregiver helps another individual with their needs, responsibilities, or activities of daily living. Care can be long-term and spread over several years or short-term, given in time of illness or injury. Family caregivers can be relatives, friends, or neighbors who support loved ones through informal, unpaid care.
Approximately 87% of Americans receive necessary assistance from informal or family caregivers.
Unfortunately, people are often thrust into the role of caregiver when a loved one is disabled, falls ill, or experiences issues related to aging. And they rarely have the proper knowledge of resources that can help.
According to AARP, 58% of family caregivers must balance work with their caregiving role. Further, AARP estimates 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 health care arrangements, or communicate with health professionals.
To equip caregivers for a role they were potentially unprepared for, FSL has created six FREE courses that thoroughly explore topics critical to caregiving.
So How Does It Work?
These Courses Are Completely Free!
What We do:
We provide the educational
course materials and an expert
educator who will teach and
facilitate the course.
Who Usually Hosts Courses:
- Congregation members who believe their community could benefit from an educational program for caregivers.
- Employers who invest in the wellness of their employees and need more information on resources for family caregivers.
- Community groups or organizations who need information and support for their members.
What You Do:
Solidify an attendee list
of current and future family caregivers, coordinate time and place, and host the event.
Are You Dementia-Friendly?
This training from the Dementia-Friendly America National Network will ensure that you are!
Gravity. Don’t Let It Win!
How to prevent falls and common, related injuries to children and older adults.
Ready to Connect?
Host a Presentation
You can host one of our educational courses (60 min presentation) at your local facility (church, office, community center) – all courses are FREE.
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Here to Educate
FSL has been supporting family caregivers for decades. The most recent effort of support was to develop this FREE 6-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 service 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 the ideal facilitator of these educational sessions. She is passionate about caregiver issues after having provided caregiving to her parents for over seven 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.”
Free Educational Resources
A variety of printable one page informational tip sheets to assist informal caregiving partners
Short introductory videos on aging-related topics