Whether you are a family or professional caregiver, providing care is unpredictable. At Hope Grows, we provide an environment to inspire hope through nature while empowering caregivers to find wellness of mind, body, and spirit.
What is Respite?
Respite provides temporary relief so that “you” the caregiver can take a short break. By participating in the Hope Grows therapeutic model, caregivers can begin to relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance. Hope Grows will attend to the individual needs of the caregiver, through counseling and support, therapeutic respite, and education & training regardless of financial means.
The Hope Grows model includes respite through nature and the use of healing and restorative gardens. Our future plans include opening a respite house for the caregiver to break away from their role in providing care. Looking at the individual needs of the caregiver is our goal.
Who is the Caregiver?
Hope Grows defines the caregiver as anyone providing a wide range of unpaid care to dependent children, spouses, parents, siblings, relatives, friends, or neighbors.
Caregiving can include personal care, physical help, emotional or social support, behavior support, assistance with activities of daily living, assistance accessing services, and financial help.
Caregivers assume responsibility for providing care for someone, along with the physical and emotional stress this entails. Caregivers do not always identify as “caregivers” at the onset of the role.
An estimated 65.7 million Americans are caring for someone at any given moment of the day.
14.1 million of these Americans are children.
Pennsylvania accounts for the 5th highest caregiver population in the country.
Pathway of the Caregiver
The strain and stress of providing care is like a small weed in the garden; it’s easy to underestimate its strength, and then it begins to take over. Hope Grows is committed to cultivating the caregiver by addressing the weeds and teaching how to till the soil to avoid identity loss, compassion fatigue and/or caregiver burnout in order to provide sustainable care. Compassion fatigue is a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion associated with the constant demands of caring for others, which result in fatigue, emotional distress and/or apathy. There is not a linear path nor a time frame of when this occurs.
Physical strain including lack of sleep, physical demands, anxiety attacks, and digestive issues.
Emotional distress in trying to “handle it all.” Factors include financial hardships and impact on career/job opportunities. Anxiety and depression are common occurrences among caregivers.
Spiritual challenges with our assumptions of self-worth and meaning in life leading to a strained purpose in like with our higher self, others and the divine.
Social withdrawal challenges the caregiver’s ability o prioritize and contribute to important connections with friends and family.
Research indicates caregivers experience:
Impact on Career
The four (4) most reported warning signs of caregiver stress are physical, mental, spiritual, and social symptoms. While these symptoms may appear insignificant at first, fatigue sets in quicker than expected which can lead to abuse and neglect of the loved one. By offering our therapeutic model through our specific programming, Hope Grows objective is to help caregivers regain their balance.
Hope Grows Therapeutic Model
Hope Grows offers support and services in three focused areas, Counseling & Support, Therapeutic Respite, and Education & Training.
Counseling & Support
Hope Grows provides mental health counseling, support groups, and psychoeducation to individuals and families who serve as a caregiver personally and professionally. This support provides a network to encourage caregivers to process the mind, body, and spiritual stress associated with the role of caregiver and enhances skills to care for their care recipients.
Hope Grows offers therapeutic activities for caregivers to promote rest, rejuvenation, and self-care. These activities include mindful and holistic opportunities and active and passive gardening/nature appreciation.
Education & Training
Hope Grows reaches out to provide professional education and training to enhance the knowledge of the professional health care community in relation to the family caregiver.