Carwile of Vivage to Lead Self-Care Education Session at Caregiver Wellness Retreat
Hope Carwile, a private practitioner
and Innovations Specialist for Vivage Senior Living, is one of 15 wellness
at the upcoming Virtual Caregiver
Retreat for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias.
"It’s exciting because I think this
retreat will provide people with a new landscape for how we focus on self-care
and how we can build peer support and rapport with our care partners,” said
licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of healthcare experience, primarily
in long-term care settings.
Hope’s work consists of bringing person-directed/centered care to Vivage
communities and other senior living and memory care communities in the form of
innovative interventions such as therapeutic touch, massage, music therapy, aromatherapy,
energy work, the Virtual Dementia Tour
and much more.
"A lot of these therapies are free in
addition to being efficient and effective,” said Hope, who is also an educator
in Eden Alternative Associate Training, Integrative Wellness, and
Trauma-Informed Care, and a facilitator of Chair Yoga. "There is so much that
is accessible to help us self-regulate and be more grounded and present. The path
I’m starting to go down now in my career is energy psychology, and how that plays
a part in how people live, especially those with progressive dementia.”
Hope brings these types of alternative non-pharmacological methods to Vivage
communities to help staff grow their memory care treatment toolkit, from dementia
capable care training, to virtual dementia care to "Autumn Colors,” a set of guiding
tools she helped develop with input on best practices from numerous long-term
care industry specialists.
October’s free online wellness retreat, Hope’s virtual session will teach
caregivers about the Emotional Freedom
Technique known as "tapping
,” which soothes by
interrupting the body’s stress response and focusing on the upper energy pulls
of the body. The practice, which has origins in acupressure and acupuncture,
involves the person lightly tapping areas of their own face, head, hands and
ribs to release stress and negative energy, sometimes repeating a positive
affirmation while doing so.
"We know we hold trauma in our bodies, and by
hitting certain points we can allow for some stress release and calm,” Hope
said. "It helps the central nervous system by putting you into a
parasympathetic state naturally and calmly. It also helps validate those
negative feelings and ends with a positive form of acceptance, which kind of
tricks the neurology."
Hope, who will be leading the live session
from Denver, said she is excited for caregivers to learn about a new self-care
tool to help them cope with the pandemic’s emotional challenges.
"This pandemic has been tragic, but it also
blows my mind how resilient and creative people are,” said Hope. "Caregivers
are doing the best they can within the restrictions placed upon them. But it’s
also been extremely difficult for both caregivers and the people they care for,
so it is important to validate that.”
Virtual Caregiver RetreatHosted live from Santa Fe, New
Mexico Friday, October 2 through Saturday, October 3, this free event is open
to family and professional caregivers to explore self-care tools drawing from
the arts, movement and mindfulness. Hope Carwile’s presentation "Tapping
for Emotional Freedom”,
will take place Friday, October 2 at 10 a.m. MT. Register here for the
or register here for Hope’s