November's Theme: Care Partners
Welcome to November!
Every month most of our content, but not all, will have a loose focus on a topic. We’ll use this topic to shed aging-related insights and/or job-related efficiency and effectiveness suggestions. This November we’ll discuss care partners. Here are some examples of what content is coming:
Board of Directors
Evaluating Care Partner Services
Outreach to New Care Partners
Aging Services Directors
Care Mapping Exercise
Peer-led Care Partner Circles
Helping Someone with Dementia Eat
Care Partner Ride-Alongs
Helping Care Partners Get Respite
What Funders Want to Support
Movement Care Partners Need
Tech and Apps that can help Care Partners
Before we go any farther, I’d like to take a moment to explain why we say (and encourage you to say) “care partners.”
When talking about caregivers, we are referring to those who are paid to do a series of tasks and while they can build rapport, there is a clear professional boundary to the relationship: a giver and a receiver.
With a care partner, the name itself voices more involvement and reciprocation. A care partner could be a parent, spouse, sibling, or friend helping provide care to a loved one - often there are a primary and secondary to this care. This group of people, while involved in different capacities, are all partners in providing care. You could include doctors, religious leaders, and others important to a loved one’s quality of life.
More importantly, there is a partnership between the person providing care and the person receiving care. The person receiving care is almost always providing something in return. Companionship, memories, emotional support, resource sharing, enjoying experiences together, and more. Sometimes the loved one and care provider roles get switched temporarily in case of a surgery, illness, etc.
Quite obviously, there is much more to this relationship than merely a caregiver. We look forward to continuing to unpacking this together.