A fundamental premise of the Caregiver Coalition Fund of America is to support the wellness of family caregivers through the formulation of holistic approaches that address the immediate and long-term needs of caregivers. It is through such an approach that CareCFA’s Family Caregiver Integrative Wellness Division offers programs devoted to helping family caregivers meet their self-care needs and to promote sustainable well-being. As a result of this philosophy, CareCFA’s Family Caregiver Integrative Wellness Division has adopted the defining principles of Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Program. These principles are paraphrased as follows:
- Family caregivers and practitioners are partners in promoting and sustaining wellness.
- Factors that influence wellness are taken into consideration.
- The promotion of wellness considers the whole person, including body, mind and spirit in the context of the Care Community.
- Practitioners utilize appropriate sciences to facilitate the individual’s promotion of wellness.
- Practitioners promote the utilization of holistic interventions that are natural and are as noninvasive as possible in the promotion of wellness.
- CareCFA’s Family Caregiver Integrative Wellness Division is evidence-based and opens new models promoting wellness.
- The promotion of wellness is individualized to meet the caregiver’s unique needs and circumstances.
- Practitioners that promote caregiver wellness adhere to the above-mentioned principles and engage in self-exploration and self-development.
Consistent with the mission of the Caregiver Coalition Fund of America (CareCFA), the purpose of the Family Caregiver Integrative Wellness Division is to increase the awareness, availability and application of alternative and complementary therapies to positively impact the physical, emotional, spiritual and socioeconomic wellbeing of family caregivers. Through CareCFA’s Family Caregiver Integrative Wellness Division, family caregivers will be afforded opportunities to access practitioners with expertise in a variety of disciplines; including, but not limited to acupuncture, cooking to promote well-being, counseling, exercise, guided imagery, healthy music, massage therapy, meditation, nutrition and yoga. Further, through online videos, webinars and blogs practitioners will provide information to caregivers that will help them to promote self-care into their daily lives.