Seniors have you found yourself in the position of taking care of a spouse or loved one with a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s, or some other disease that requires long-term assistance or care? Do you feel overwhelmed with caring for them? Well there is hope on the horizon. The International Caregivers Association (ICA) is just what you need. This association is a new association for caregivers to support and provide knowledge in the practice of providing care to those with life-changing conditions and diseases requiring long-term assistance/care. The association’s vision is to elevate the standards in care giving so that all individuals choosing care giving as their profession, or suddenly find themselves having to provide care giving to a loved one, experience pride in their work, joy in what they do, and reward for their commitment to bringing a positive experience to each and every care receiver.
The ICA enthusiastically supports all members in their endeavor to provide care for a family member or a care-receiver in a nursing care facility. Members include any person who is caring for a family member, or has a family member in a nursing facility. Addition members include healthcare professionals that work in healthcare facility and are care-receiver and family advocates to ensure the quality of care for said care-receiver. The ICA’s unity of purpose is to ensure caregivers are armed with information to ensure their family members have a high quality of care. This includes family members that are placed in nursing facilities.
International Caregivers Association (ICA) is an association for caregivers both professionally and family caregivers. The originator, Dr. Ethelle Lord, recognized a need throughout the world for improved care through education and training. ICA’s vision is to elevate the standards in care giving so that all individuals choosing care giving as their profession, or who suddenly find themselves having to provide care to a loved one, experience pride in their work, enjoyment in what they do, and reward for their commitment to bringing a positive experience to each and every care receiver. The ICA’s objective is to create a uniform GOLD standard of dementia care anywhere in the world. I share the ICA’s vision of a person-centered philosophy of care working as a Hospice Nurse. My philosophy of care, and Dr. Lord’s first-hand experience on dementia care, is at the very foundation for the ICA (http://InternationalCaregiversAssociaton.com)
The International Caregivers Association (ICA) revolves around a simple idea: the universal need to support and augment knowledge in the practice of providing care to those with life-changing conditions and diseases requiring long-term assistance/care. ICA’s philosophy is to connect elements of care and practice, confront and address problems as an inter-professional team that includes family caregivers, and helping the profession of care giving to create genuinely well informed servants as care professionals. One of the fundamental guiding principles is the ICA is Tronto’s (1993) ethic of care with service-learning who identified four essential elements of care: attentiveness; responsibility; competence; responsiveness of the care receiver (Moral Boundaries: A Political Argument for an Ethic of Care).
Check out the website and preregister for the new and wonderful association for all caregivers at http://internationalcaregiversassociation.com/