Part 1: Understanding the Family Caregiver

Part 1: Understanding the Family Caregiver

Program Details
The strain of constant physical, emotional and financial challenges shared by many caregivers can lead to job loss and social isolation, making for a lonely existence. Caregiving impacts families emotionally, spiritually, and even physically.  This program will focus on helping professionals understand the challenges faced by family caregivers, from the illness diagnosis of a loved one through the progression of the disease. 

Available until February 9, 2016


Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv, Professor of Gerontology, The College of New Rochelle
Carol Levine, MA, Director, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund

How Does It Work?
HFA Webinars are affordable ways to easily access information from some of the best-known names in the field, providing hands-on strategies that can be applied in your clinical practice. Registration includes access to the program for a full year.  The webinar program is 90-minutes in length and available for 1.5 CE credits for a wide range of health and social service professionals. Both organizational and individual registration options are available.
Archived webcast is available to view anytime until February 9, 2016

Viewing instructions and program slides are available online as soon as you are registered. These are located in your Download Materials online at https://register.hospicefoundation.org

Please test your connection ahead of time, on the computer that you will be using to view the program, and coordinate with your IT support to resolve any networking/firewall issues. HFA will be unable to offer refunds for technical problems that are outside of our control. 

Test your system now: nqf.commpartners.com
click on the "support" button in the upper left corner.  Then click on "run test."  You should see a message indicating whether you are ready to participate in the web meeting.  Click to continue the test to ensure your computer speakers are ready. 

CE Credits
After viewing the program, apply for CE certificates at educate.hospicefoundation.org

You will need the Live CE code/Course code displayed at the end of the program. Complete the evaluation and exam for the program, then simply choose your board and print or email your certificate.

CE certificates are included in the price of registration and are available until February 9, 2016.

I. The Psychology of Life-Threatening Illness
A. Phases of Life-Threatening Illness
B. Reactions to Illness
1. Psychological
2. Social
3. Spiritual
C. Interventive Strategies: Enabling Meaningful Communication within Families
II. Dimensions of Family Caregiving
A. The Scope of Family Caregiving
B. The Work/Family Dynamic
C. Patterns of Family Caregivers
1. The Selfless Soldier
2. Juggling Responsibilities
3. The Long-Distance Caregiver
D. Developing Respite and Support: Strategies
III. Conclusion: When Patients Die at Home
A. Offering Support
B. After Care
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the phases of life-threatening illness and the psychological, social, and spiritual reactions of the dying person;
2. Describe the scope of family caregiving;
3. Describe three different patterns of Family Caregiving noting problems and issues inherent in each role;
4. Discuss the experiences of family members caring for the dying person, noting their needs and reactions as well as factors that can facilitate or complicate adaptation.