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For Caregivers Only

Intended Audience

For members who are care partners, spouses, families and friends who are providing primary care to a loved one with cancer.

Program Description

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.

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