New Journeys App Helps Caregivers Explore Their Own Resilience
The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed challenges in every aspect of our lives including relationships, the way we work, unemployment, illness, grief, stress and loneliness. It has highlighted the critical role that Canada’s eight million caregivers play in ways not fully understood before.
For caregivers, the stress has been intensified as they work to manage their lives and extend themselves in caring for those who need their help. As the need for caregiving has increased, so too has the demand for resources to lessen the burden of caregivers seeking information and support.
How Robert’s caregiving experience is helping others
As a caregiver to his late wife, Robert Pardi knows first-hand the challenges of caring for a loved one. For 11 years, he cared for his wife Desiree, advocated and managed her health care (at her request) and helped her continue to live a purposeful life with work and travel up until her death.
While he profoundly misses her, he says caregiving was one of the most joyful experiences of his life “because I was able to give her the gift of living her life”.
After her passing from breast cancer, the 55-year-old former investment banker, transformed his life path to become a Life Coach to caregivers. Today Pardi shares his powerful story and philosophy on leveraging resilience and how to confront life challenges to use life instead of being used by life to empower other caregivers.
“Resilience is a skill that lies dormant in many of us, yet it is one that we all have,” he says. “Beneath it is the ability to confront change and adapt to it in a positive way. This is especially important for caregivers to be able to broaden their perspective about their situation and see the opportunity in caregiving and not necessarily the loss or changes in their loved one or circumstances.”
Awakening Resilience with Journeys | Try it free for 30-Days
COVID-19 has underscored the need for building multi-faceted caregiving support systems. Teva Canada has continued to expand its Caregiver-Friendly Pharmacy Program (CFP) with new tools and resources across many platforms to address the challenging times for Canadian caregivers. With a renewed focus to address the mental health of caregivers, new CFP initiatives have never mattered more.
Starting in the month of April, Teva Canada is offering thirty days of unlimited access to Huddol’s new Journeys App featuring Pardi’s guided 7-day Journey, Moving Positively Through Change: Resilience Awakens. (Huddol is Canada’s largest online caregiver support network that connects caregivers with peer and expert guidance.)
The Huddol Journeys App provides personal guidance from the world’s best wellness experts. Users experience powerful reflections and life-changing practices that are easy to do on their journey of personal growth and transformation. Each 7-day Journey includes daily half hour sessions to help participants navigate the feelings and internal conflicts of being a caregiver and provides the tools and information to help them better relate to their new realities and find greater meaning and purpose in their life.
“The pandemic has reminded us that life is fragile, particularly when we are holding a life in our hands and caring for a family member or friend who is vulnerable. What we are creating through Huddol Journeys is a digital space that empowers caregivers to thrive in adversity – a prescription for human transformation,” said Huddol CEO Mark Stolow.
“So often, the act of caregiving can sound negative,” says Pardi. “When someone is ill, we tend not to see hope. But resilience breeds hope. It allows us to surrender what we can’t control and gives us the power to live life as best as possible, enjoying the ordinary moments.”
“It’s gratifying to be able to coach caregivers and provide the skills, through the Journeys App, to move positively through life changes at their own pace,” adds Pardi. ”Sometimes you need someone to show you the tools and sharpen your skills. Part of being resilient is understanding that if you reach out, you will be better.”
Access the Teva Canada sponsored free 30-day trial of the Huddol Journeys App and the Moving Positively Through Change: Resilience Awakens Journey: journeys.huddol.com/teva-cares
Access Caregiver Resources: TevaCanada.com/Caregivers
Watch Teva Canada’s inspirational Notes of Hope video and discover the power of shared experience.