By Colin Hearne on May 5, 2015
Stress is healthy, to a point. When faced with a perceived threat, the brain (specifically, the amygdala) alerts our bodies, causing hearts to pound, hands to sweat, and adrenal hormones to spike, prompting us to react. The operative word here is perceived. These days, the odds of being mauled by a sabre-tooth tiger may be nonexistent, yet the body doesn’t know that. It responds exactly the same way every time it gets the message, regardless of the trigger. This is when stress can become problematic.
Children and the Stress of Parenting
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), being a parent can be “one of life’s most joyful and rewarding experiences” but they also admit that it can be one of the most stressful things you ever do too – leading that little-almond shaped amygdala into thinking that sabre-tooth tigers are everywhere, all the time! But fear not, help is always available – the key is awareness and adopting stress –reduced parenting mechanisms.
Steps To Stress-Free Parenting
Recognize the Symptoms of Stress: Stress becomes a problem when you feel overwhelmed by the things that happen to you. You may feel “stressed out” when it seems there is too much to deal with all at once, and you are not sure how to handle it all. When you feel stressed, you usually have some physical symptoms. You can feel tired, get headaches, stomach upset or backache, clench your jaw or grind your teeth, develop skin rashes, have recurring colds or flu, have muscle spasms or nervous twitches, or have problems sleeping. Mental signs of stress include feeling pressured, having difficulty concentrating, being forgetful and having trouble making decisions. Emotional signs include feeling angry, frustrated, tense, anxious, or more aggressive than usual.
Cope: Coping with the stress of parenting starts with understanding what makes you feel stressed, learning to recognize the symptoms of too much stress, and learning some new ways of handling life’s problems. You may not always be able to tell exactly what is causing your emotional tension, but it is important to remind yourself that it is not your children’s fault. We all have reactions to life’s events which are based on our own personal histories. For the most part, we never completely understand the deep-down causes of all our feelings. What we must realize is that our feelings of stress come from inside ourselves and that we can learn to keep our stress reactions under control.
10 Tips to Help
- Make time for yourself and (your partner)– Reserve time each week for your own activities.
- Take care of your health with a good diet and regular exercise – Parents need a lot of energy to look after children of any age.
- Avoid fatigue- Go to bed earlier and take short naps when you can.
- Take a break from looking after the children – Help keep stress from building up. Ask for help from friends or relatives to take care of the children for a while. Exchange babysitting services with a neighbour, or hire a teenager, even for a short time once a week to get some time for yourself.
- Look for community programs for parents and children –They offer activities that are fun, other parents to talk with, and some even have babysitting.
- Talk to someone – Sharing your worries is a great stress reducer!
- Take a course – Look for parenting courses and groups in your community.
- Learn some ways of unwinding to manage the tension – Simple daily stretching exercises help relieve muscle tension. Vigorous walking, aerobics or sports are excellent ways for some people to unwind and work off tension; others find deep-breathing exercises are a fast, easy and effective way to control physical and mental tension.
- If you’re feeling pressured, tense or drawn out at the end of a busy day, say so – Tell your children calmly that you will be happy to give them some attention soon but first you need a short “quiet time” so that you can relax.
- Practice time management – Set aside time to spend with the children, time for yourself, and time for your spouse and/or friends. Learn to say “no” to requests that interfere with these important times. Cut down on outside activities that cause the family to feel rushed.
How UBC can help:
Through UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, you and your enrolled dependents have access to many services to assist you in your journey as a parent. Such services are:
1. Parenting Articles
With topics such as:
- Positively a parent: embracing the ups and downs of parenthood
- Parenting: What Does the Job Take?
- Your relationship with your children: friendship or friendly?
2. Family Support and Parental Advisory Service
Family Support consultants can provide information on topics such as:
- Parenting classes
- Schools, educational services and special needs programs
- Expectant and new parenting
3. Professional Counselling
At the heart of your EFAP is the professional counselling service. Caring professionals are dedicated to supporting you through the issues that may be impacting your life, including the stress of being a parent.
Accessing your EFAP
Get on the path to better health, and keep all sabre-tooth tiger thoughts at bay, by calling your Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, Shepell, at1-800-387-4765 or, for online information and resources, log on to www.workhealthlife.com
Confidential EFAP Services are available to you and your family members as part of your EFAP. There is no cost to use the service.
If you have any questions about EFAP, contact Colin Hearne, Health & Wellbeing Associate, at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
By Miranda Massie on April 8, 2015
My partner and I recently met with a financial advisor. We are currently in the midst of planning for our future, feeling caught between student loan debt and an uncertain job market, while looking ahead to home ownership and starting a family.
In a city like Vancouver, the financial prognosis is grim and we have often put off facing our finances due to the stress and overwhelmingly gloomy outlook that comes with it. We have met with advisors at our banks in the past, but often left feeling as though we had sat through a sales pitch instead of a counselling session. Denial was our financial strategy of choice, but that can only work for so long.
In last month’s editorial, I wrote about embarking on an emotional cleanse and getting rid of the negative impact that bottling up emotions can have on our health. I think that this same idea applies to finances. We (as a society) tend to not talk about money. We have been socialized to keep financial matters to ourselves, as well as dealing with the myriad of emotions that come along with them. Keeping all of this stress and uncertainty to ourselves can take a toll on our mental health, relationships and overall wellbeing.
What I discovered is that it feels great to talk about money out loud, especially with someone who knows their stuff. Our discussions with the financial advisor were calm, frank and filled with humour and even prompted discussions with friends on the subject. The advice was invaluable, as well-sensitive and honest.
This month, I invite you to talk about money. Say the words out loud, either to yourself, a loved one or a financial professional. Letting someone else in, especially on this topic, can alleviate some of the inevitable financial crunch that we feel we are under.
5 fun facts I learned from financial planning
It’s ok to dream and to say what you want out loud. Do not apologise for lofty goals. You will only have a chance to achieve them if you are realistic in planning for them.
You find out where you are. Knowing where you stand, whether positive or negative will always set you up in a better position for success than not knowing at all.
Financial advisors are not all sales people. I used to fear going into see a financial advisor because I always felt like I was being pushed towards something I didn’t really need. Find someone you trust and stick with them.
It feels great to have a plan. The benefit of seeing professional advice is that you no longer have to guess at whether you are doing the right thing or making the right financial move. The decisions are still yours accompanied with guidance from a professional.
We don’t need it all now. Of course we have dreams and plans for the future but waiting for them is okay. Taking the time to plan and save now will ensure that our goals are all met in the long run.
Looking for free or affordable financial advice?
Financial Support Services from UBC’s EFAP provider Shepell.
Know Your Financial Advisor-online search tool
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By Colin Hearne on April 8, 2015
More than six million Canadians—35% of the Canadian workforce—provides informal care to a family member or friend. The recipients of care are primarily seniors, and most caregivers are 45 or older. 44% of caregivers are ages 45 to 64, ‘sandwiched’ between caregiving and child rearing.
Canada’s aging population means that these pressures and their consequences will only increase. According to the Employment and Social Development Canada Report from the Employer Panel for Caregivers, by 2031 the number of people over the age of 80 requiring care is projected to double. At the same time, older workers will account for an increasing share of the Canadian workforce.
At UBC, we recognize that many demands exist outside of the workplace for staff and faculty, particularly when it comes to looking after our elders. The following resources are available to assist you and your family in navigating elder care and caregiver support.
Senior Care and Caregiving Support Resources
Senior Care Support
Shepell, UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program provider, has a service to help you conduct your own customized search for elder care resources. You can search for providers who offer homecare assessments, long-term facilities, assistive care facilities, and facilities geared toward specific health care needs or cultural and language preferences of your family member. For a full list or to access services, click here and search under the Health & Wellbeing tab.
Senior Care Specialist
Faculty and staff can speak to an Elder Care Specialist through Shepells Life Events service. The Eldercare Specialist can point you in the right direction for housing, qualified care and any other questions you may have. Click here for more information.
Senior Care Support Resources
For a range of informative senior care articles, click here. Topics range from: Slowing Down to Help Aging Parents, Nutrition and healthy well-being for elders in your life, Having an older relative move in: making the transition a smooth one; and many more.
Caregiving Support – Counselling
Balancing elder care and/or family care with career responsibilities can feel overwhelming and extremely stressful. Be sure to take care of your own physical, emotional and social needs. Confidential counselling services are available through Shepell. To make an appointment, call 1-800-387-4765.
UBC’s Health, Wellbeing and Benefits Team has also compiled a list of available suggested resources (including leave information) to assist you and your family in navigating elder care and caregiver support.
Eldercare 101 – What You Need to Know to Care for Your Aging Parents
Whether you care for aging parents in your own home, or manage elder care plans from a distance, most of us don’t know where to go for reliable answers. Join Home-to Home, a seniors advisory and assistance business based in Vancouver in this one-hour session and learn all you need to know to care for your aging parents: . Click here for more information or to register.
By Colin Hearne on April 8, 2015
Welcome Shepell – Order your offices new EFAP promotional material here!
As of April 1, 2015, UBC has retained the services of Shepell as the new provider of UBC’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). A brand new range of promotional materials are available and are ready to order and can be viewed by clicking on the links below – These are available to you in hard copies, in all quantities, immediately!
EFAP Promotional Material for Order:
Click to see a sample of the materials
To order these materials for your unit, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include ‘EFAP Materials for Order’ in the subject bar and your order and delivery address in the body of the email.
Old EFAP Promotional Materials
To ensure the smooth transition between EFAP providers and to avoid any possible confusion about accessing services, please remove all Homewood Health (or Interlock) EFAP materials from display in you workplace. These can either be recycled, or posted via campus mail to: Colin Hearne UBC Human Resources, 6190 Agronomy Rd, UBC.
For more information on Shepell, please visit www.workhealthlife.com
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By Miranda Massie on October 29, 2014
Nov. 3-7, 2014, marks the 6th annual Thrive week held at UBC Vancouver.
Thrive is about celebrating our collective mental health and working together as a community to build skills, increase resiliency and help each another to cope effectively with challenges.
I believe Thrive is a celebration.
The intention behind this initiative is not to detract from the seriousness of mental illness. The prevalence of mental illness, paired often with a lack of adequate social support, is a serious issue facing not only those in our communities and our country, but individuals around the world. The prospect of improving mental health support systems and statistics is daunting, to say the least, and I feel quite powerless to effect any sustainable change.
What I do have to power and capacity to do, especially in my job at UBC, is to empower, encourage, educate and support others in understanding that mental health is a universal concept. We all have mental health and we do have some control over how we face the day and how it impacts our lives. This is the message I would like to share with you this month:
UBC Thrive is a celebration.
It is a celebration of our diverse campus communities.
It is a celebration of the collective mental health that unites us.
It is a celebration of our efforts to cope effectively with life’s challenges.
It is a celebration of our small victories on the road to success.
It is a celebration of our (very human) stumbles and setbacks along the way.
It is a celebration of those who work to ensure that we can teach, work and learn in an informed and supportive environment.
It is a celebration of those who struggle to find balance each day, but keep trying.
It is a celebration the resources that exist that we can reach out to for support.
It is a celebration of those who have reached out to get help for themselves or others.
It is a celebration of the thriving campus community that we are working to build and achieve.
Did you know…
Thrive, as a positive mental health movement, is spreading across the country. This year, 10 other Universities across Canada have adopted and adapted “Thrive” on their campuses, using UBC’s collaborative model to promote positive mental health!
This month, I invite you to celebrate with me. Attend a Thrive event, be inspired by stories of others, talk about mental health or reach out if you or someone you know is in need. Highlights include UBC’s Largest Zumba class on Friday, Nov. 7 at 12pm at the Student Recreation Centre (SRC). See full event listings here.
Let’s celebrate our mental health and let’s keep thriving!
All my best,
*Remember: No matter who you are or your role on campus, help is out there – for you and for those you might be concerned about. Learn more about the mental health resources that exist on campus for faculty, staff, managers, deans and HR professionals.
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By Colin Hearne on October 29, 2014
This month features Chantal Duke, Leadership Program Manager in Human Resources.
Welcome to Thriving Campus – a new addition to our Healthy UBC Newsletter featuring, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences from UBC staff, faculty and students.
What strategies do you use in your work life to help you thrive?
Disclaimer- I’m far from what most consider ‘thriving’. I’m currently and probably always will be a work in progress, as I navigate competing work priorities, professional development and personal needs. What I know is that in order to even begin to thrive, I need to be patient and flexible with myself, set boundaries, create and reevaluate goals, and vocalize what I need to keep healthy to those around me.
Thriving actually wouldn’t be my word of choice, but I have learned that to be successful and enjoy each day, I need to keep my mind and body healthy. I see many parallels between my work in Human Resources and how I try to thrive. I manage a program called Managing@UBC that supports managers across campus to work on various leadership and management responsibilities. The program honours that managers have a busy and stressful schedule, so we don’t force managers to sit in a room at learn about a topic that isn’t relevant or meaningful for them – we assign them a program advisor and allow them to articulate what they want to change/need support on and allow them tap into offerings that support their goals. Offerings involve access to a just-in-time portal for support, and face-to-face events to address questions that come up in a management role. Just like I do with Managing@UBC participants, in order to ‘thrive’, I need to ask myself “What am I seeking change in? What do I need to holistically be successful? And what offerings can I tap into to support this?” The key fact around the program as well as thriving is that you need to be your own advocate and find what is important and meaningful for you.
What has worked for me- Well, as much as I am involved in offering developmental opportunities, I often need to remind myself how important it is to continue my own development, as well as check that I do not have unnecessary stress in my life. How I create space for development is by carving out time in outlook (in advance) for two hours the day before I’m out of the office for an event, and two hours the morning I’m back – to give space for urgent items or last minute priorities. In regards to managing stress, a big plus for me is to work alongside some amazing people who make my workspace a healthy, stress busting area. Recently my colleague Arlene Decaire has been facilitating lunchtime yoga sessions in our office which I have welcomed as a distraction once a week; and the UBC Health Wellbeing and Benefits team who sit in close proximity host regular events such as the Pick your Peak Stair Challenge (our office walked nearly 70km of stairs in one month!). Despite having heaps of work to tend to, once challenged, the competitive edge in me came out and I did the stairs at least once a day.
What strategies do you use in your personal life to help you thrive?
Outside of work I love being outdoors – I try to swim as much as possible, hike the local mountains, and play soccer and volleyball with friends regularly. I also find that I am at my happiest when I am exploring new places globally, have had eight hours of sleep, and am spending time with my favourite people.
As Leadership Programs Manager, Chantal Duke is responsible for program management, marketing, planning, and development of the Managing@UBC Program offered through Organizational Development & Learning at UBC. Managing@UBC is a self-directed program designed to support formal managers, recognizing the significant responsibility they hold for employee performance, engagement and achievement of unit goals.
By Colin Hearne on October 1, 2014
Connecting with others is a great way for us to stay social, and stay healthy! By nature, we are social beings. Most of us are fine with being on our own at times, but we also enjoy talking to others, sharing our experiences, and just being around other people. This sociability can keep us healthy, both physically and mentally.
There are plenty of reasons why being around others keeps us healthy. The support of others can help us maintain a greater sense of self-esteem and reduced stress. Being social may hold one of the keys to living a longer life. In a study published in the August 1999 issue of the British Medical Journal, 2,761 participants 65 years of age and older were followed for 13 years. Researchers tracked participation in 14 activities, including swimming and brisk walking, to shopping, volunteering, and playing cards with friends. The results suggested that people who spent time taking part in social activities fared just as well in terms of longevity, as those who spent the same amount to time exercising.
Letting UBC Support You
One great way to feel supported and to interact with others is to utilise Healthy UBC programming available UBC to staff and faculty. The Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP) is a fund available to UBC departments, units and operational committees to support healthy activities for faculty and staff in the workplace.
The program provides start-up funds for kick-starting health related, sustainable initiatives. Have a great idea but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running programming but want to take it to the next level? Apply for Healthy Workplace funding! Some recent recipients include
- Museum of Anthropology’s Organic vegetable garden
- Centre for Hip Health and Mobility’s Hip to be Fit Program
- Sauder Business and Careers Centre’s Physical activity and Nutrition program
(The next application deadline is Nov. 21, 2014 at 4:30pm – Click here for a full list of past and present recipients.)
Information Session: Applying for the UBC Healthy Workplace Initiatives Program (HWIP): Oct. 7, 2014 @ 12.15-1.15pm
Have a great healthy workplace idea, but need some seed money to get it off the ground? Already running healthy workplace programming but want to take it to the next level? This interactive, practical workshop will be one hour dedicated to helping you understand HWIP and directing you to the path of possible funding. For more information, or to register, click here.
By Guest Contributor on September 9, 2014
Guest Contribution from Dr. Thara Vayali
Stress burnout occurs when coping mechanisms have been tapped for too long or when rejuvenating resources are lacking. We often react by either collapsing with fatigue on downtime, or else veering away from challenging situations. “Why was I able to handle the same stressors X years ago?” or “Why is this so difficult for me, and not X?” These are often the questions that arise when we are in burnout mode. The resilient nature we may have had earlier in life wanes as we unconsciously slide into lifestyle habits and thought patterns over time. In the classic work-life-play balance, we sometimes forget to tend to what makes us resilient.
Simply put, resilience is the ability to bounce back from damaging or stressful situations. Resilience is not a trait, it is the culmination of four habits; each part equally important:
- Sense of Purpose;
- Social Support; and
There is a focus in popular health media on such topics as finding your purpose/passion, discovering the purpose of your life, and uncovering the true meaning of your life. What I am speaking to is distinct from these attempts at purpose building. Putting time and energy toward a singular pressure of THE, YOUR or TRUE purpose is overwhelming, alienating and occasionally misguided. Though it is valuable to sit with your personal philosophy and reflect on humanity’s place in the universe, it is not efficient resilience training.
The fundamental search for resilience is not intended to send anyone into an existential crisis. A sense of purpose within a resilience framework has to do with:
Dropping it: Let go of the idea that there is a better choice and begin to see choices as consequences that we are either willing to work with, or not.
Making it up: Create personalized (as opposed to absolute) reasons for likes/dislikes, actions/inactions, values/ethics.
Working it out: Start with lightweight, high repetitions.Exercise the muscle of self-governance and personal reasoning when making decisions in daily life.
Beneath these actions there are elements of reflection as to why you get up in the morning; beyond finances, beyond obligations, beyond achievement – what drives you? Yes, this is the bigger question – but we do not need to dwell or even search there. It serves us better to focus on accepting and being secure with why & how we’ve chosen the life we already have, and changing it if we choose to.
The Stability Stickie Exercise (10 mins):
This is a what, when, where, why, how activity.
Preparing for your next day each evening, grab a stickie note (or any small piece of paper) and use this as a representation for your sense of purpose for your next 24 hours. It is important to remember, this is not a “To-Do” list for the day. It is a Stability Stickie – a note that reminds you what is important to you. It will change every evening.
It bears repeating that this exercise is not to carve out daily affirmations nor to wonder if there were some absolute reason you exist, but to help you cultivate the ability to wake up each morning and have choice and meaning surrounding your actions.
Choose three main objectives for the next day – Clear and succinct, achievable within the day and relevant to your day’s requirements.
It may be time-engulfing productivity based goals, or it could be something as simple as eat breakfast, read the paper, walk to the beach. Either of these options could exist on a task-oriented or wide-open day. It is based on what you deem to be personally valuable on that day.
What is key here is that your stickie has three achievable goals; No more, no less. Often careers or a course of study require more than three tasks in a day; or days off slip away without feeling rejuvenating. To balance the swinging pendulum of overworked to apathetic, what I recommend is to allow “To-Do” lists to exist elsewhere, as well as putting purposeful energy into choosing personal goals on “task-less” days.
In essence, the Stability Stickie is today’s “Sense-of-Purpose” list. On a “Sense-of-Purpose” list, too many tasks will overwhelm, and too few will foster aimlessness. The goal is to allow you to create meaning each day anew and feel a sense of commitment to achieving those personally chosen goals. Don’t cloud your personal choices with excess to-do’s or dismiss the simpler activities. There is no one judging this list, so pick whichever three achievable goals that are important for you, on that particular day.
The rest of the activity is to further clarify details to help you in your day’s purpose. If the Stability Stickie is new to you, making sure to clarify these details is a crucial part of finding a sense of purpose and stability.
When: When will I put energy toward that objective in the day?
Where: What location will I be in when accomplishing this goal?
Why: What category of life does this goal fall into? What part of your life are you putting energy toward?
How: Does this goal require more time or energy? Reflection or action? Self-directed or interaction with others? Creative or methodical?
Take this list with you everywhere and cross your three goals off within the next 24 hours. At the end of your day, throw the list away. Let it go.
This is for the days when there is so much to do that it feels like nothing gets done. This is for the days when you are so exhausted that you can’t get out of bed. This is for the days in between.
In all cases, the Stability Stickie is a beacon, a guiding light, a preventative habit you can build, so that each day you wake up with a sustainable drive. Resilience is built slowly in complementary layers of strength. Train your body and mind to harness choice whenever possible and accept the consequences of self-governance. Build a strong resilient nature with confidence, support and a sense of purpose.
Previously, we had the expertise of Dr. Geoffrey Soloway as the author of our Mindful Moments column. This new column continues to explore mindfulness through the lens of a new guest contributor, Dr. Thara Vayali.
Thara Vayali is a Naturopathic Doctor & Yoga Teacher in Vancouver and is also a UBC alumnus. She is obsessed with intestinal and immune health, hormones, and pain-free bodies. She is the creator of Change Natural Medicine: Budget conscious, membership based health consulting.
By Colin Hearne on July 3, 2014
Finding the time to care for and nurture our relationships with others can be challenging. However, Homewood Health, UBC‘s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider has developed a new service called Relationship Solutions. Relationship Solutions is offered through your Plan Smart – Lifestyle and Specialty Counselling Services. It helps you take a proactive approach to enhancing your relationships. Included in the service is up front coaching, as well as a Relationship Solutions Resource Kit.
Relationship Solutions can help:
- Need help communicating with your loved one? We help you learn the importance of communication, honesty, and forgiveness.
- Want to get the spark back? We help couples relate to each other so they can keep the relationship fresh.
- Juggling kids, work, and your love life? Today’s couples are busy. We provide tips to help you learn how make time for each other.
- Need help resolving couple conflict? Learn how to work out differences constructively, and how to appreciate and communicate each other’s point of view.
The Relationship Solutions Resource Kit includes:
- A two-part educational workbook with information on how to enhance communication and a series of exercises designed to encourage you and your partner to re-engage with each other.
- A relationship self-help book, focused on improving relationship communication and resolving conflict.
- Other tools to support behaviour change in a fun and meaningful way.
- Also, If you are feeling too overwhelmed by the challenges in your relationship, we can arrange counselling.
Want to know more?
For more information on Relationship Solutions or Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), visit our website. If you would like to book a presentation for your unit to review the free EFAP services available for UBC staff and faculty, contact Colin Hearne, EFAP Assistant, at 604-827-3047 or email@example.com.
Remember: if you ever feel overwhelmed or stressed out by the challenges you face in life, you can easily access counselling (face-to- face, over the phone, or online) from Homewood Health. Visit www.homewoodhumansolutions.com or call 1-800-663-1142.
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By Colin Hearne on October 30, 2013
At UBC, we recognise that many demands exist outside of the workplace for staff and faculty, particularly when it comes to looking after our elders. Did you know that your Employee and Family Assistance Program has resources to assist you and your family in navigating elder care and caregiver support?
UBC’s Employee and Family Assistant Program (EFAP) is a confidential counseling service that can help you and your family members with personal problems that affects your family life, work life, or general wellbeing. Alongside this counselling service, EFAP can also help you arrange for in-home elder care assessments that are performed on a fee-for-service basis by an independent, outside provider. Homewood Health, UBC’s EFAP provider, has an online database to help you conduct your own customised search for elder care resources – you can search for providers who offer homecare assessments, long-term facilities, assistive care facilities, and facilities geared toward specific health care needs or cultural preferences of your family member. UBC staff and faculty also have access to Homewood Health’s free online Busy Family for Seniors toolkit. The toolkit provides:
- A resource and financial services locator;
- An “ask an expert” function, informative articles and links to research;
- Roadmaps for services based on need (e.g., in home, residential facilities or community based);
- Comprehensive quality of service checklists for hired providers; and
- A family needs inventory to help organize priorities and concerns.