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Becoming a caregiver changes everything — responsibilities, beliefs, hopes, expectations, and relationships. Whether caring is a profession or a private activity in the family, it is complex.

Get the knowledge and skills you need to help you in your journey of caregiving

Now offering a one-of-a-kind educational program dedicated to elderly caregiving

Online Classroom

Overwhelmed with your caregiving duties?

Join us in our our online classroom where our team of experts offer an immersive experience that will give language and meaning to your caregiving challenges. Ideal for family caregivers who are busy, these small group classroom sessions provide a convenient and intimate way to learn about easing your caregiver journey. Connect with peers and share your experiences. Interactive sessions offer each participant the opportunity to learn new strategies and ask questions to address personal challenges in a safe setting.

Retreats

Is now a good time for a retreat?

Our Caregiving Transformation Retreat offers our premium classroom experience for small groups at bespoke locations. If you need a temporary break from your caregiving responsibilities – the retreats are an option for you. Learn about caregiving, get some me-time, find support, establish connections and make friends, relax, de-stress, refresh and recharge, as you prepare to continue on your caregiving journey armed with new strategies and renewed purpose.

Counseling

Need more personalized help?

Within the program we offer guidance on your individual situation and our therapist and her team can offer additional one to one counseling and support if needed.  Whether your challenge is trying to manage care for an elderly loved one alone or balancing work and care at home, our lead therapist and her team of experts can help no matter how big or small your challenge. You can also get access to world class counselors who are ready to help you with your unique situation in managing care for your loved one.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently offering a six-week online course called the Virtual Caregiver Transformation Retreat, starting May 6, 2021. Fees: $249.99.

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Meet Our Team

Distinguished caregiving leaders who have both a personal and professional drive to help others who care.

Aaron Blight, Ed.D.

Aaron Blight, Ed.D., is an international speaker and consultant on caregiving, aging, and healthcare. His book, When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative, received a 2020 Best Indie Book Award. Dr. Blight is the founder of Caregiving Kinetics and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management and Public Health at Shenandoah University. He has served as a family caregiver, home care company owner, caregiving scholar, and leader at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Aaron was recently recognized as a “Top 100 Healthcare Leader” by the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare. He currently serves as a board member for a number of care-related organizations. For more information visit www.caregivingkinetics.com

Amanda LaRose, LCSW, C-ASWCM

Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Therapist and Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager. Previously, as the Director of Social Work at Goodwin House Alexandria Continuing Care Retirement Community and later the Director of Resident Services at Ingleside at Rock Creek’s Continuing Care Retirement Community, she has not only ensured the emotional needs of elders and their caregivers are being met, but that the many resources for eldercare are being utilized amongst the communities she serves. She is now the Owner of Virginia Oak Counseling, LLC, established in 2016, offering Care Coordination and Counseling for elders and their caregivers in Northern Virginia. Learn more at Virginia Oak Counseling

Donna Thomson

Donna is a caregiver, author and activist. She is the co-author (with Dr. Zachary White) of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and author of The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving (The House of Anansi Press, 2014). Donna has been a family caregiver for her entire adult life and now works with families giving care, helping them to match their needs at home or in health care settings with resources in the community. She facilitates Caregiving Essentials and co-instructs Family Engagement in Research, both at McMaster University. Donna blogs regularly at The Caregivers’ Living Room. For more information visit www.donnathomson.com.

Zachary White, Ph.D.

Zachary earned his Ph.D. in communication from Purdue University. His research and teaching focus on helping people manage meaning and communicate life experiences amidst high levels of uncertainty. His research has explored a variety of care experiences, including parental NICU experiences, chronic caregiver experiences, and end-of-life caregiving. Zachary is the co-author (with Donna Thomson) of The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019) and the founder of the award-winning blog and resource for caregivers called “The Unprepared Caregiver.”  Learn more at www.theunpreparedcaregiver.com

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