Caring for Caregivers

Caring for the Caregiver

The mission of space & time is empowering caregivers to make healthy leisure choices that will recharge their batteries, reduce stress and lead to a more enjoyable work/life/caregiving experience. 

*What’s New*

 

UCR Student Recreation Center 

Every Tues/Thur from 6:30-7:30 am in MPR B

 

 

 

Therapeutic Recreation Approach

  1. Create a personalized assessment of your caregiving situation
  2. Identify strengths and areas for improvement
  3. Create a plan of action to help you achieve your goals
  4. Support you along the way with phone or email check-ins, personal sessions, feedback and evaluations

Leisure Education Sessions

Group sessions can also be helpful as they have a supportive atmosphere where caregivers can share and learn with each other, identify ways to incorporate leisure into their lives, reconnect with their loved ones for whom they care, and maximize time to their benefit.

For Businesses and Professional Caregivers

space & time services are also particularly useful for training Home Health Aides and other caring professionals to learn how to use therapeutic recreation tools and techniques to their advantage by making respite visits and other interactions more meaningful, positive and fulfilling experiences for the care provider as well as the care receiver.

Learn more about Caregiver services

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

space & time is here to help you balance out the different areas of your life and recharge your batteries to be a better caregiver.

As a caregiver, you can identify with the overwhelming feelings associated with juggling work, family responsibilities, caregiving tasks and a plethora of other things. All this can result in what feels like diminished time for your own self-care activities including time for things you enjoy doing. This pattern day after day can lead to chronic stress, isolation, depression and many other negative health effects.

Depending on your specific needs, we can work on strategies to get and stay organized, better manage time, create physical spaces for relaxation and support, and find leisure in unexpected places in your daily life.

Reducing Stress

Reducing Stress

Doing the activities we enjoy has been shown to reduce stress, increase quality of life and improve life satisfaction.

Each person’s preference for what he/she enjoys will be uniquely different. Some of us may not even be aware of what appeals to us in an activity or what types of benefits (cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual, physical) one can get from participating in certain leisure activities.

The beauty of therapeutic recreation specialists is that we focus on the whole person, what makes each of us “tick,” and using those interests and strengths we help our clients actively work towards reaching their goals.

Stress is a major factor affecting caregivers and it can come in many forms.  space & time is dedicated to helping caregivers find individualized ways to reduce stress.

How space & time helps Caregivers reduce stress

  1. Practice Yoga, relaxation and deep breathing techniques
  2. Start a journaling practice
  3. Organize your home, work or caregiving spaces
  4. Design physical spaces that are tranquil, meditative places for relaxation and reflection
  5. Build leisure into your life
How can space & time help me?

How can Recreational Therapy help me?

Traditionally, TR specialists work with individuals with illnesses or disabilities to help them attain an optimal level of leisure functioning.  space & time takes this one step further, by bringing these services to community members and businesses.

Angela’s Passion

“What I do at space & time empowers caregivers to become aware of and actively engage in a healthy leisure lifestyle.

This process has a positive ripple effect that reaches the ones they love.”

Leisure is a critical part of your social, emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual health because it helps you relax, create moments of enjoyment, and increase your overall well-being.

Our services educate and help individuals in the community, particularly caregivers, to rebuild leisure into their lives and restore the balance that is needed for optimal health.

Let’s get a plan started together!

Empowering caregivers to enjoy every moment.