care givers

Caring for the Caregiver

Supportive care for the caregiver

At UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, we recognize that care for a person with a chronic illness or disability is not complete without addressing the needs of the caregiver. Focusing on caregivers of a person with Alzheimer's or other dementias, our program aims to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and those they care for with evidence-based services, support, education and research with value on the caregiver's health, skills, and resilience.
The program focuses on:
Education

  • Educational training for each stage of care, including: new diagnosis for caregivers and patients; behavioral management; advance planning; transitioning to long term care; and grief and loss support
  • Hands-on skills training
  • Peer support training
  • Facilitated support groups by health care professionals
  • Website directory identifying resources for care and information

Community outreach and advocacy

  • Collaboration with community health agencies focusing on dementia care, support and research, to raise awareness for those living with dementia and their family caregivers promoting a "dementia friendly" community

Research

  • Commitment to research to identify effective interventions to address the strain and burden associated with family caregiving
  • Translation of evidence-based practices for family caregivers into routine care

Upcoming events:

The Essentials of Caregiving Workshops: A guide to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia

Caring for the Caregiver
Thursday, October 19
2-3pm at the UT Health Physicians Medical Arts & Research Center
As a caregiver, your personal health is important. Join us for a discussion on tips to keep you healthy.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register click here.


Caregiver Skills Training
Thursday, November 2
2-3pm at the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing Learning Laboratory and Simulation Center
In this training, we will cover: keeping your loved one safe at home, fall prevention, and dental care. A virtual dementia tour will also be provided.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register click here.


Understanding Alzheimer's and Coming to Terms with a New Diagnosis
Thursday, November 16
2-3pm at the UT Health Physicians Medical Arts & Research Center
Open discussion on your concerns and questions that follow the diagnosis.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register click here.


Planning for the Future
Tuesday, December 5
2-3pm at the UT Health Physicians Medical Arts & Research Center
Workshop for caregivers and family members on preparing your loved one for the next steps.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register click here.


Navigating Challenging Behaviors
Tuesday, January 9
2-3pm at the UT Health Physicians Medical Arts & Research Center
As memory difficulties progress, your loved one may begin to show some behaviors that are hard to handle. This session addresses helpful strategies and tools to work through these behaviors.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register click here.