Projects

Examples of Mary's projects… 

Speaking

  • Keynote speaker at the 4th Annual "Caregiving for the Caregiver" conference, "Super Caregiver: An Event for the Mind, Body, and Spirit," Milwaukee.
  • Keynote speaker at the Rock County Caregiver Coalition Kickoff, "Meeting of the Minds: Rock County Coalition Survey Results."
  • Keynote speaker at the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Annual Convention, "Supporting Family Caregivers."


Teaching

  • Developed and delivered training for the Washington Department of Health and Human Services, Aging Division, for TCARE® screeners. Worked closely with a planning committee to create an educational format that included two webinars and a day-long workshop.
  • Presentation for the Evansville Professional Women’s Association, "The Roller Coaster of being a Family Caregiver."
  • Presentation for the Evansville United Methodist Church, "Caregiving Coping Strategies."


Consulting

  • Explored outreach strategies for family caregivers with representatives from the Marketing Department of Humana Inc.
  • Teamed with the Rock County Office on Aging to develop a caregiver coalition. This project involved creating a survey to identify local caregiving needs, following up with strategies to engage caregivers, presenting the keynote speech at the stakeholder forum sharing survey results. Facilitated a group meeting to start the process of creating an organizational mission and vision.
  • Identified national family caregiving organizations to explore partnerships with the eXtension Family Caregiving Community of Practice.


Authoring

  • Wrote the following articles on family caregiving for Humana's caregiver website:
    • The Joys of Family Caregiving
    • Who Me – A Caregiver?
    • Caregivers are at Higher Risk of Depression
    • Finding Community Resources-Part I
    • Finding Community Resources-Part II
    • Alzheimer’s Disease 


UW-Milwaukee

  • Mary was a member of the UW-Milwaukee TCARE® (Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral) Team with Dr. Rhonda Montgomery. She has been involved in the following aspects of TCARE's® development:
    • Teaching care managers to use the TCARE® process which is an evidence-based needs assessment process that matches caregiver needs to community resources. Mary helped create training materials and educational activities to illustrate key concepts.
    • Visiting six military bases (Bliss, Bragg, Sam Houston, Stewart, Hood, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord) to gather information about military and community resources that Soldier Family Assistance Center (SFAC) staff will access while using an adapted TCARE® needs assessment for wounded warriors. Hosted community meetings during each fort visit and enhance partnerships between the SFAC staff and community providers of caregiver services. 
    • Developing lists of community resources for SFAC staff to use in matching caregiver needs, identified through the TCARE® assessment process, to local resources.
    • Developing a family caregiver curriculum based on the caregiver identity theory. During 2010, the curriculum was reviewed by an expert panel and piloted with family caregivers in Madison, Wisconsin.
    • Creating a web-based database of selected educational materials (fact sheets, videos and on-line courses) to support licensed TCARE® care managers when working with family caregivers.  A policy group is currently guiding the database's creation.
    • Developing a web-based on-line workshop for military family caregivers called, Navigating Your "new Normal" as a Caregiver.  It will be on-line in early 2013.