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Caregiving in the LGBT Community

Keep in Mind: Be sure to include information about LGBT people and families of choice when you develop these resources, and make it clear when you are discussing family caregivers that anyone can be considered a member of the family. Consider using LGBT-inclusive images in your materials, such as photos of same-sex couples, the transgender pride flag, or the rainbow. Once you have produced this content, do not assume that LGBT people will come to you and find it; reach out to your local LGBT center, PFLAG chapter, or the LGBT media to let people know about your resources.

Socialization and Wellness WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Caregiving, even for the most experienced and prepared caregiver, is stressful. While programs pertaining to education and resources are helpful, at times a program focusing on self-care can be the most impactful. Whether yoga, relaxation classes, or a celebratory lunch, moments of respite and selfcare can be critical to sustaining caregivers during the most difficult times. Workshops that teach caregivers skills for relaxing on their own may be particularly effective, as they encourage long-term shifts in the caregivers’ behavior. Keep in Mind: LGBT participants may have difficulty relaxing if they are not in an environment in which they feel respected. Do everything you can to make your space and programs welcoming and affirming of LGBT identities, without calling attention to any particular individuals. You may also consider hosting programs at a local LGBT community center or group, so that LGBT participants will be in a familiar and safe space.

SAGE conducts quarterly special events for caregiver clients, recruiting from our client base via email, snail mail, and telephone; they are welcome whether or not they are members of our support groups. The events have ranged from a half-day wellness fair with yoga and tai chi to a mini CPR training to an advance directives workshop led by two volunteer attorneys. Our next event will be a meditation and Feldenkrais (gentle movement) workshop for caregivers, and a recent one that featured Reiki mini-sessions and a massage therapist teaching self-massage techniques was a big hit.

The events offering relaxation and stress relief tend to be Teresa Theophano especially popular, Assistant Director and are direct results of suggestions that emerged in the caregiver support groups.�

Care Management Services, SAGE New York, NY

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This guide provides an overview of caregiving in the LGBT community, and specific ideas, lessons learned and best practices for expanding pr...

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This guide provides an overview of caregiving in the LGBT community, and specific ideas, lessons learned and best practices for expanding pr...

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