Seasons of CareOrganization Associated with Program
Seasons of Care, a program conducted by Transitional Keys, provides a wellness approach to caregiving that includes special attention to care for the caregiver through the use of the expressive arts and the spiritual dimensions of mindfulness. An experiential program, Seasons of Care uses group facilitated experiences, guided visualizations and meditations, role playing scenarios, and rituals and ceremonies for self-care and letting go, along with a full range of creative expressive arts techniques such as movement, music, writing, poetry, storytelling, and visual arts. The techniques can be applied in groups or one-on-one with family members and/or staff. All Seasons of Care programs are led by a professional teaching artist or educator.
Transitional Keys conducts workshops, trainings, and consultations to teach people:
- Wellness techniques to avoid burnout,
- The use of expressive arts as wellness tools,
- Creative strategies and techniques to derive psychological integration,
- Tools for renewal and hope,
- Spiritual rewards often inherent in caregiving, and
- A path for the caregiver once the role of providing care has come to an end.
Transitional Keys was founded in 2001 in response to the need to mark, recognize, and give meaning to changes that occur in the second half of life while using the axis of spirituality in aging as a technique and as a restorative way to meet the growing challenges of daily life. It is a wellness program that uses the “ritual response” to transform times of change and transition into opportunities for personal growth, insight, and creativity. Seasons of Care was created in response to the perceived need to use holistic, creative tools to provide care for the caregiver.
Transitional Keys conducts evaluations through the use of participant interviews, staff feedback, attendance numbers, and individual assessment. Evaluations are conducted by staff, outside independent evaluators, and related agency or partner organizations.
Professional and paraprofessional caregivers have great cultural diversity and varied attitudes and beliefs about caregiving, illness, and death. Integrating those differences and personal beliefs are key components to using wellness tools to provide care for the caregiver. Also, it is important to recognize that word “ritual” has many connotations and to have a conversation about what it means to people before beginning a program.