For members who are care partners, spouses, families and friends who are providing primary care to a loved one with cancer.
For Caregiver’s Only is a half day workshop designed to offer support, information and respite for those in a caregiving role. Participants enjoy the opportunity to connect with others who are in a care partner role, while gaining relevant information and learning about a variety of resources they may find helpful.
Benefits and Impact
Participants are treated to much-needed self-care, as they engage in reflection, relaxation and social interaction with others who are also experiencing the rewards and challenges of supporting a loved one with cancer. Benefits often reported from this experience include:
- Having a safe outlet for sharing and expressing emotions
- Feeling less alone and isolated
- Gaining information, tips and problem-solving strategies
- Experiencing relief from the break in routines and duties
- Enjoying personal time, attention and care
- Connecting with others and learning about other Wellspring programs
What to Expect at a Session
This half-day workshop begins with an opening meditation/relaxation, a check-in time with other group members, a learning module of psychoeducational material, and a period for small group interactions. This part of the program is followed by a nutritious, catered lunch. After lunch, participants are invited to join a stress-reducing practice such as qigong, iRest, or gentle yoga, facilitated by a Wellspring program leader. This provides both relaxation, and an introduction to other Wellspring Calgary programs – all of which are free and open to caregivers.