Supporting Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Behavioral Health Needs
Family members provide the overwhelming majority of the care to older adults with dementia or other behavioral health disorders. While crucial to the maintenance of older adults in the community, care provided by family member caregivers can take a significant physical and emotional toll on them. Drawing upon information from Cassie and Sanders’ Familial caregivers of older adults, as well as Schultz and Sherwood’s Physical and mental health effects of family caregiving, the main goal of this course is to help human service professionals identify the most common needs of family caregivers. The material in this training is designed to familiarize human service professionals of all levels with the major types of effective clinical and psychosocial interventions that can benefit family caregivers so that they can maintain their quality of life and well-being. The blend of instructive information, interactive exercises, and case vignettes in this course will help you to recognize the needs of family caregivers that you serve so that you can provide them with the information, support, and resources they need most.