Today's Date: Saturday April 18, 2015
Family Caregivers' Network Society

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Lunch and Learn Session

Lunch and Learn Sessions for Employees

There are over 60,000 family caregivers in the CRD and 70% of these caregivers are juggling the demands of caregiving and work.

For many, balancing work, family and caregiving is challenging and stressful. The costs to employers and the impact on the workplace include higher absentee rates, lateness, refusal of increased job responsibilities and leaving employment.

Employed family caregivers have indicated that “lunch and learns” were useful in reducing their level of stress and helping them to create balance between their personal life and work life. “Lunch and learns” provide an opportunity for caregivers to network and to obtain information on caregiving issues and resources.

To help support your employees The Family Caregivers’ Network Society is available to come to your workplace and facilitate one-hour “lunch and learn” sessions. Topics include:

Family Caregiving 101
Are you providing care and support for an elderly, chronically ill or disabled adult family member or friend and want to learn more about the ins and outs of what is available in your community to assist you. Join us and learn where to go for help, how to take care of yourself and about respite.

First Care for Yourself: Self-care Strategies for Family Caregivers
When you provide care and support for a family member or friend, you will find that you can only provide good support over the long-term if you care for yourself as well. Self-care is one of the most important and most often forgotten challenges of being a caregiver. In this session we will explore the key concerns experienced by family caregivers and identify strategies for supporting yourself, while supporting another.

Caregiving After Facility Placement
This session will focus on how caregiving changes after your family member or friend is admitted to a facility, including ways to foster a positive adjustment for both of you. Tips on changing roles, the challenges of letting go, effective visiting, advocacy, and self-care are highlighted.

Tips for Long-distance Caregivers
Caring for someone long-distance can be just as stressful, or sometimes even more stressful, than being there. There are a number of ways for a long-distance caregiver to become involved in the caregiving process. This session will be beneficial to you whether you are providing care from a distance or are the primary caregiver and communicating with other family members who live out of town.
For an honorarium of $50.00, FCNS can help you minimize the impact of family caregiver stress on your employees and thereby create a healthier and more productive work environment for all. FCNS corporate members receive one free “lunch and learn” with their corporate membership. Contact FCNS at (250) 384-0408 or email [email protected] for more information or to schedule a “Lunch and Learn” for your employees.

Lunch and Learn topics copy for printing (link to PDF document)