Caring for the Caregiver Resources

The resources on this page are offered by Caring for the Caregiver. All of our programs are provided at no cost to participants, unless otherwise stated. We partner closely with community-based organizations and agencies to give comprehensive support to families across the trajectory of caregiving for a loved one with a progressive illness.

Please visit the events page to see our upcoming events in more detail.

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The Essentials of Caregiving Classes

The Essentials of Caregiving are classes focused on providing support to caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Classes are hosted virtually every second Thursday of the month from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

You can visit our event page to see when our next Essentials of Caregiving class will be held. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding a diagnosis of dementia
  • What to expect after a diagnosis
  • Community resources and connections in the community
  • What’s covered – Understanding benefits
  • Understanding Adult Protective Services
  • Planning for future care
  • Legal and financial planning

Caregiver Skills Training Workshops

The Learning Skills Together Workshops are provided monthly for caregivers to learn practical skills and receive hands-on training in transfer techniques, home safety, dental hygiene, nutrition, and medication management. These workshops are held monthly virtually over Zoom.  Each workshop consists of 4, 1.5 hr sessions over the course of 2-weeks.

Please visit our event page to learn when our next caregiver skills training workshops will be held or contact brackett@uthscsa.edu.

Memory Cafes

Memory cafés, co-hosted with UT Rio Grande Valley and the Biggs Institute, are a safe virtual space for people living with dementia and family caregivers to laugh, learn, and socialize. We are proud to say that Caring for the Caregiver founded the first memory cafe in San Antonio, Texas and now hosts the only bilingual Memory Cafe available online. Visit our event page for upcoming memory cafe dates and times.

We are founding members of the Texas Memory Cafe Network, a partnership of Memory Cafe coordinators and guests who work together to enhance the quality and quantity of Memory Cafes in Texas.

Contact us if you would like to join our quarterly Texas Memory Cafe Network meetings and gain access to our shared materials.

Caregiver Reassurance Program

UT Health San Antonio students are paired with family caregivers to connect via phone or Zoom over a period of 3-6 months. This program is beneficial for the both the students and the caregivers. Students learn first-hand from the experiences of family caregivers which can inform their practice as health care professionals. Family caregivers can socialize with a compassionate, ‘dementia friends’ certified student. All students are trained to support caregivers in finding resources they may need and will connect them to a member of the Caring for the Caregiver team if they need additional support.

Contact us if you would like to be added to this program.

Grace Notes Community Choir

The Grace Notes Community Choir is for people living with dementia and their families. No experience is necessary, just join in on the fun! The choir meets virtually weekly on Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm.

If you have questions about the Grace Notes Community Choir please contact Amy Standridge at amy@oaksongmusictherapy.com, (512) 567-1432 or (210) 692-4259.

Rural Community Outreach

Our team supports caregivers across South Texas by providing presentations, training, workshops, and education in our surrounding rural communities. We present to and engage with communities that may otherwise have limited to no access to caregiver support through education and engagement activities. Please visit our event page to learn more about where and when these rural outreach events will take place.

If you are in a rural community and would like to work with us to arrange an event or presentation, please contact Sara Masoud at masoud@uthscsa.edu, (210) 450-8487.

Virtual Dementia Tour

The Caring for the Caregiver program is proud to provide the Second Wind Dreams® Virtual Dementia Tour®. This experience creates “a window into the world of dementia through individualized, experiential learning”. This evidence-based method aims to foster a deeper understanding of dementia and those living with the disease. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about this program.

If you are interested in having a group larger than four people participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour®, please contact Debbie James, MSN, RN, CCRN-K at jamesdl@uthscsa.edu, (210) 567-2228.