Caring for You, Caring for Me
Caring for You, Caring for Me (CFYCFM) provides education and support to caregivers through a series of flexible learning modules, helping caregivers take better care of themselves, collaborate effectively with professional caregivers, and be the best advocate possible for their care recipient.
This five-part, interactive training course has been designed to help family caregivers develop skills that most benefit them, including building relationships with professional caregivers to increase cooperation, understanding and support. CFYCFM provides opportunities for learning ways to cope with the stressors of being a caregiver, accessing resources, discovering ways to work together with others to reduce frustrations and barriers in the caregiver role, sharing common concerns, and recognizing that caregivers are not alone.
RCI provides a CFYCFM training manual for individuals and organizations who are interested in delivering CFYCFM in their communities.
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“Empowering caregivers to advocate for themselves and the person(s) they care for is one of the most rewarding aspects of offering this course. It also brings me great joy to witness caregivers connecting and building relationships with each other over the course of the program. I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact this program has had on family members who remark that this course offered them a unique opportunity to connect with peers who are in a similar situation and to learn what it truly means to take care of their own needs. This course gives them that permission and shows them examples of ways to engage in self-compassion and self-care.”
– Christine J. Jensen, PhD, Director, Health Services Research
Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health