Self-Care Tips for Caregivers: Sandwiched Series

Self-Care Tips for Caregivers: Sandwiched Series

“Sandwiched” is a series that addresses the specific challenges “Sandwich Generation” caregivers face. Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center has teamed up with Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton, MS to facilitate these FREE workshops.

Learn how to:

  • Engage in self-care

  • Foster healthy attachments at home

  • Ease children’s fear and anxiety related to COVID-19

  • Help children understand the disease progression of a sick or disabled loved one

  • Find support and develop coping strategies in a new world of social distancing

This week is Session 1: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation Caregiver, 11/12/20, 5pmPST.

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Check out our tip video with content related to this week’s topic.

Sandwiched Series Sessions

Session 1: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation Caregiver, 11/12/20

Session 2: Helping Kids Cope: Toddlers/Preschoolers, 11/19/20

Session 3: Helping Kids Cope: School-Aged Children, 12/3/20

Session 4: Helping Kids Cope: Adolescents, 12/10/20

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Sandwiched Series: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation

We often think about child-rearing and caregiving for an older adult as separate responsibilities that occur in different seasons of life. However, across the nation, approximately 11 million “Sandwich Generation” caregivers simultaneously attend to the needs of their children and an aging loved one while balancing a career, household, and their own health. What happens when working adults must negotiate the demands of intergenerational care within their households? COVID-19 has only intensified the struggles associated with this unenviable position. Sandwich Generation caregivers may feel even more squeezed during the pandemic and unsure of how to manage their own survival.

“Sandwiched” is a series that addresses the specific challenges “Sandwich Generation” caregivers face. Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center has teamed up with Certified Child Life Specialist Shani Thornton, MS to facilitate these FREE workshops.

Learn how to:

  • Engage in self-care

  • Foster healthy attachments at home

  • Ease children’s fear and anxiety related to COVID-19

  • Help children understand the disease progression of a sick or disabled loved one

  • Find support and develop coping strategies in a new world of social distancing

Each week you will have access to tip videos with content related to building new skills as a parent and caregiver. Following the release of the videos, Ms. Thornton will facilitate a specialized support group where you can discuss the week’s topic and connect with peers in similar situations. You can opt to participate in some or all of the sessions, depending on your needs.

Register Here Today 

Session 1: Caring for the Sandwiched Generation Caregiver, 11/12/20

Session 2: Helping Kids Cope: Toddlers/Preschoolers, 11/19/20

Session 3: Helping Kids Cope: School-Aged Children, 12/3/20

Session 4: Helping Kids Cope: Adolescents, 12/10/20

Using Art to Support Children Coping with Illness

Guest Blogger, Caroline Robins at Kids & Art

Kids & Art Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides art experiences for families touched by pediatric cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, to heal, empower, encourage, and create memorable experiences.

Due to COVID, our weekly hospital programs at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Hospital were put on hold in March 2020 as were our monthly destination workshops at creative venues. We took our 10 years of experience and our creative resources to be there for our families when they needed us most by creating virtual art workshops as well as amazing art lessons on youtube, to continue healing through the arts. Life was challenging enough for immunocompromised children before COVID. It is even more important to give them access to our workshops now so they can engage, connect, and create with others.

Check out our video about our COVID Response

As our Kids & Art researcher Dawn Linhardt has shared, research has shown that supportive services and therapies such as Kids & Art have been shown to affect stress as demonstrated through decreases in cortisol levels. These interventions are low cost and based on the research have the potential to decrease rates of readmission due to secondary infections.

Stress-relieving interventions such as art are becoming the standard in cancer care within integrative medicine. Preliminary evaluation of data from a study that includes Kids & Art families indicates that the physical symptoms and isolation associated with cancer treatment has a negative effect on the quality of life. We believe that supporting services like ours have the potential to alleviate stress and address the issues of isolation and ultimately improve the quality of life measurements.

Kids & Art is staying true to our mission to always be there for families wherever they are in their treatment. We are delighted to welcome patient families from other states including Alaska, Maryland, Michigan, and Florida as well as our home state of California. Visit our website for more details and a link to register.

What do our workshops include? Along with guided art projects we also include virtual tours of artists’ studios and galleries and invited guest artists. The workshops provide a space for creativity, fun, and stress relief and they bring a sense of togetherness for all ages in a supportive environment.

We have also started a larger Conversation in Improving the Quality of Care by inviting experts from the Art + Health + Innovation space. We have made all these conversations available for free on our YouTube playlist.

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