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Caregiver Support BBC
What is Building Better Caregivers™ (BBC)?
Building Better Caregivers™ (BBC) is an online workshop for Caregivers who are caring for someone with dementia, memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, a serious brain injury, or any other serious injury or illness. BBC helps Caregivers in two key ways: it offers training in how to provide better care, and it also helps Caregivers learn how to manage their own emotions, stress and physical health.
Caregiving can be an extremely demanding job, and many Caregivers experience isolation and burnout. Some of the most important aspects of becoming a better Caregiver are learning how to manage stress and take good care of yourself.
How does BBC work?
Building Better Caregivers™ is:
- A 6-week, highly interactive, small group workshop.
- Conducted 100% online.
- Made up of 20–25 caregivers who take the online workshop together.
- Led by two trained facilitators, one or both of whom are Caregivers.
What happens in a typical week?
Activities change each week, and over the six weeks
- Reading and interacting with other Caregivers through the online Learning Center.
- Posting Caregiving-related problems and offering help and support to other Caregivers.
- Doing self-tests and activities.
- Posting a personalized weekly Action Plan.
- Participating in problem solving and guided exercises.
How much time does it take?
- Caregivers are asked to log on at least 2–3 times each week and to complete reading and problem solving exercises online, for a total of about 2 hours per week.
- Many Caregivers prefer to log on several times per week for short periods of time.
- There is no upper limit to how much time participants can spend online.
How do I enroll?
- Please see your local Caregiver Support Coordinator.