We are excited to announce thecontinuation o some o our newerprograms as well as new additions toour program oerings.
Preparing and Sharing.
In2011, we launched a pilot program atSouthwestern Energy called Preparingand Sharing, which is designed to helpprepare employed amily caregiversor their roles providing care, and tourther strengthen the eorts o thoseamily caregivers who are alreadyserving in those roles. At a monthlylunch meeting, representatives romInteraith CarePartners, or an areaexpert on a particular topic will makea ree presentation to employees ontopics ranging rom “Living Wills andTrusts” to “The Emotional Rollercoastero Caregiving.” This is an opportunityor education and a time or those whoare in their roles as caregivers to sharewith one another in a sae environmentabout the challenges or struggles theyace in caregiving.In March o this year, an article onthe program was printed in the businesssection o the Houston Chronicle. As wasnoted in the article, “Several years ago,many companies launched programs tohelp employees nd child care…Now,elder care is the hot topic, especiallyamong baby boomers who are strugglingto handle the medical, residential andother concerns challenging their agingparents, riends and other relatives.”Others have begun to express interest instarting a Preparing and Sharing programat their place o work as a result o havingread the Chronicle article.The need or amily caregiver edu-cation is increasing. As a result, the need
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or programs likePreparing andSharing whichtake support andeducation to thecaregiver is alsogoing to grow.We are excitedto be able to pro-vide this invalu-able service at atime o increas-ing need.
In the Fallo 2012, Inter-aith CarePart-ners announcedthe newly-developed Expert Panel. TheExpert Panel is designed to providemembers o area congregations whoare serving in their roles o caregiveran educational opportunity to enhancetheir abilities as caregivers. As with thePreparing and Sharing program, ExpertPanel presentations are led by a repre-sentative rom Interaith CarePartnersor an area subject matter expert in top-ics ranging rom “Keeping Peace in theFamily” to “Stretching Your Caregiving$$$.” Workshops are ree, hosted at acongregation’s campus, and can be o-ered as a single educational opportu-nity, or as a series. The rst workshopwas oered in the Spring o 2013 andwas a great success. We are excitedabout the possibilities associated withthis innovative program, and are look-ing orward to more workshops in2013.
Family Caregiver Training.
In2012, Interaith CarePartners secured alicense rom an Arkansas group calledthe Schmieding Center or Senior Health& Education. This group, aliated withthe University o Arkansas or MedicalSciences, has developed curriculumor amily caregivers which ocuses onproviding a strong oundation or theskills necessary to amily caregiving.Our license allows us to oer eight-hour educational sessions or amilycaregivers, presented by area nurseswho have experience with home healthcare. These sessions can be broken upinto two sessions at our hours each,or one, longer, eight-hour session.Currently we oer two types o thecourse. The rst is or general physicalskills in which amily caregivers learnand practice things like liting, transers,and body mechanics with training aidsand mannequins. The second is oramily caregivers who are giving careto a loved-one with dementia. Thiscourse ocuses on topics such ascommunication and behavioral issuesthat one is likely to encounter whengiving care to someone with dementia.Enrolment or the course is keptsmall (8-12 people) in order to acilitatean intimate atmosphere or amilycaregivers to have their questions andconcerns addressed. The only cost orinterested participants is $25 or theworkbook.We are eager to be goodstewards o all that we have learnedabout caregiving over the years, andare excited to provide these programinitiatives to the community. I you, oranyone you know, is interested in anyo the above program oerings, pleasecontact the oce at (713) 682-5995, orsend an email to John Burk email@example.com.Last year we unveiled the Founders’Circle as a part o the celebration oInteraith CarePartners’ 25
anniversary,the vision o ounders Dr. Earl Shelp andDr. Ron Sunderland, and in recognitiono the over 2 million hours o volunteerservice provided by Care Teammembers. The Founders’ Circle is opento anyone who appreciates and valuesthe educational and caregiving programso Interaith CarePartners, and whowould like to give a $500 annual git osupport. Membership benets includename recognition in the annual reportand an invitation to a private receptionat year-end, during which time a reportwill be given on all ongoing and plannedactivities or the programs o InteraithCarePartners.Our annual goal or the Founders’Circle is or 50 members to join or atotal contribution o $25,000. We havealready received several members intothe Founders’ Circle or 2013. I youare interested in membership, pleasedesignate on your check or include anote that your git is or the Founders’Circle. You may make your payment atone time, or in installments.
The monthly elder care seminars at Southwestern Energy attract 10 to 20 employees. CEO Steve Mueller says he would like to see a bigger turnout.
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