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Engagement in meaningful and valued occupations can be used as a means to help former family caregivers cope, heal, and grow following the loss of their loved one (Pickens, 2011). Occupational engagement can be used as a means to help former family caregivers reshape their personal identity, experience a sense of wholeness, and reestablish purpose and balance in their lives (Hocking, 2016). The purpose of this doctoral capstone project was to educate hospice care staff on ways to support individuals with transitioning out of the family caregiver role following the death of the care recipient. An educational resource was developed to inform hospice care staff on the use of occupation-centered interventions and activities to foster adaptation to shifts in roles, routines, habits, and rituals after caregiving ends.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Daily Living Activities, Leisure Activities, Caregiver, Occupational Therapy, Hospice, Bereavement Care, Emotional Adaptation
Medical Subject Headings
Hospice Care, Caregivers, Emotional Adjustment, Bereavement, Occupational Therapy
Mental and Social Health | Occupational Therapy
Wilbanks, W., & MacDermott, S. (2022, April 16). Supporting the Transition Out of the Family Caregiver Role: An Occupation-Centered Approach. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstones-spring2022/9