Upcoming series to support those who provide care for others

Whether taking care of an older relative or a child with health conditions, the responsibilities of a caregiver can take a toll on their well-being. To assist faculty and staff who fulfill the role of a caregiver, we have scheduled a series of webinars throughout the month of March that tackle topics such as self-care, must-have legal documents, the Family Medical Leave Act and more.

Read on to explore and register for upcoming webinars. You can also download the workshop flyer to share within your department.

Legal Documents for Caregivers | March 13 at noon

From medical power of attorneys to living wills and more, join UF Select Preferred Legal attorney Elizabeth Kominsky as she walks you through the legal documents you should have in place as a caregiver.

Watch the recording | Download the handout

Coping With Compassion Stress | March 19 at noon

Whether they are working with individuals who are experiencing trauma, grief, loss, illness or other stressful concerns the people whose role it is to help others in distress are often perceived as dedicated, hardworking, selfless and compassionate. Nevertheless, it is often those whose mission it is to help others who may be at increased risk of neglecting their own self-care. Hosted by ComPsych, UF’s EAP provider, this training will raise awareness of the need to maintain appropriate self-care despite the demands of work and/or the pressures of home life.

Watch the recording | Download the presentation

FMLA for Caregivers | March 21 at noon

Join UFHR Benefits Leave Manager Jessica McLane as she delves into the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, and how it can benefit UF employees who are caregivers.

Watch the recording | FMLA eligibility calculator | Download the PowerPoint

Planning for Long-term Care | March 26 at noon

Join John Foltz, a volunteer at the Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, or SHINE, Program as he discusses how to plan for long-term care, who to contact and health insurance must-haves. At the end of the webinar, you will be aware of federal and state programs available to caregivers and receive additional resources to help you prepare for the long-term care of your loved one.

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Helping a Loved one Through Difficult Times | March 28 at noon

When someone close to you is going through a tough time, you may want more than ever to show your love and support. Yet sometimes at their most trying times, loved ones may appear to pull away from you. Hosted by ComPsych, UF’s EAP provider, this workshop will explore the difficulties that people in this position face, and discuss what you can do and, importantly, what you should not do in these situations.


Caring From a Distance | April 2 at noon

If you have an elder who requires assistance, yet does not live near you, helping out may seem difficult. However, distance doesn’t mean you can’t provide comfort and care for your elder. By devising care strategies, developing emergency plans and building a support system of family, friends and local resources, your elder can have the care and attention he or she needs.

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When Someone Your Love has Alzheimer’s | April 4 at noon

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease the impact on family and caregivers is enormous. Hosted by ComPsych, UF’s EAP provider, this course will address some of the basic considerations involved in caring for and communicating with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease. The course will cover some of the basic facts of the disease along with the unique challenges and stress it brings to the family.

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Additional resources

The UF Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, offers someone to talk to and resources to consult whenever and wherever you need them. Visit the EAP website to schedule an appointment with a counselor.

Grief is a very normal and common emotion that is often misunderstood and kept isolated. In an attempt to normalize grief and the grieving process, we’ve partnered with Taylor Williams, UF adjunct professor and founder of Gainesville Guts and Glory, to offer the Grief and Coping with Loss workshop. Visit the Worklife website to access the program.

Calm is a mindfulness app that features pre-recorded audio content designed to help manage stress, anxiety and insomnia. UF faculty and staff can sign up for a Calm subscription and add up to five dependents, 16 years of age or older. Visit the Worklife website to sign up today.

Visit the Employee Wellness Series webpage and explore live and on-demand wellness webinars, available to all UF faculty and staff.