Caring for You, Caring for Me


Caring for You, Caring for Me:

Education and Support for Family & Professional Caregivers,

Second Edition, 2007

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This education program, conducted in five two-hour modules, addresses the needs of family and professional caregivers by bringing them together in a relaxed setting to discuss common issues, share ideas, and gain a better understanding of each other’s perspective on what it means to be a caregiver. The goals are for caregivers to have the opportunity to:

Gain information on various topics related to caregiving;
Learn ways of coping with the stresses and strains of being a caregiver
Learn what resources are available locally, regionally and nationally
Discover ways of working together to reduce frustrations and barriers in the caregiving experience
Share common concerns and issues.

Description of Materials:

The Program Guide contains a scripted narrative of the content and suggested activities; handouts for program participants; mock-ups of overhead transparencies and a CD containing slides to support presentation; written material explaining the philosophy, organization and appropriate use of the program; and appendices with supplementary information.

Whom the Materials Are Designed to Serve:

The Program Guide is designed for health care and human service professionals who lead groups and/or conduct educational or training programs for caregivers across diseases/disability groups and throughout the lifespan .
Training Available:

A one-day Leader Preparation Workshop is available from the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI). The workshop has been approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit by National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). The workshop is offered through two means: (1) directly by the RCI in various locations throughout the U.S. (For a schedule visit the RCI website.); and (2) at the request of sponsoring organizations for a maximum of 30 participants per workshop. Cost dependant upon circumstances, contact RCI if interested.
Restrictions on Use of Materials:

The Program Guide contains mostly copyrighted material; however, permission is granted to purchasers of the guide to copy handouts for participants in the program.
Research Supporting the Curriculum/Program:

The program was developed as part of a demonstration grant funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts in the mid-1990s. Content information developed for the program was based on a 1993 research study conducted by the RCI, review of relevant literature and existing programs for caregivers, and information from a task force of professional caregivers, family caregivers, and academicians. During the demonstration project, participant satisfaction evaluations were conducted and compiled for all programs offered. Additionally, pre and post program surveys were used to measure the perceived impact of the program on participants. When the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services conducted the program on an extensive basis in 1999-2001, an evaluative study was conducted by the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University (cited in section below).

Haigler, D., Bauer, L., & Travis, S. S. (2006). Caring for you, caring for me: A 10-year caregiver educational initiative of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development. Health & Social Work, Volume 31 (2), 149-152.

Haigler, D., Bauer, L., & Travis, S. S. (2004). Finding the common ground of family and professional caregiving: The education agenda at the Rosalynn Carter Institute. Educational Gerontology, 30(2), 95-105.

Silberberg, M. (2002). Evaluation of New Jersey’s “Caring for you, Caring for me” course. New Brunswick, NJ: State University of New Jersey, Center for State Health Policy.

Talley, R. C., & Travis, S. S. (2004). A commitment to professional caregivers at the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development. Geriatric Nursing, 25(2), 113-114.

Description of Use: Materials have been distributed for use widely throughout the United States. More concentrated use of the program has occurred in the following states in which leader preparation workshops have been conducted: Georgia, New Jersey, Colorado, California, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.