Tools for Family Caregivers &Volunteers:


Caring for others on an ongoing basis – either as a volunteer or family caregiver – is a challenge few are prepared for.  Physically, mentally and emotionally.  Communication often reaches a breaking point because the skills to engage on a human level has not been learned.  It is not a subject that is taught in schools or universities and for a good reason: It can not be memorized like learning a periodic table or how to operate a fire-extinguisher.  Yet without the element we call Compassion present, healing often fails, personal satisfaction is absent, and stress and burnout sets in.  The journey of caring for others can be an adventure or nightmare, depending on the ability to convey compassion.

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A best friend is the only one that walks into your life when the world has walked out.

Shannon L. Alder

Adventures in Caring offers support for the journey:

  1. Our first documentary: Communicating with Compassion shows the key principals of the human aspect of healthcare.  The full DVD (with leader guide and handouts) is available for  purchase, but also offered free to view here by becoming a member of the AiC “Tribe of Caregivers”.
  2. Our second documentary: Compassion in Action, demonstrates solutions to dealing with difficult situations by following gifted care-gives in real life situations.  Available on DVD (with leader guide and handouts for group training).
  3. Our popular book: What can I say – answers many questions and has been a great help to many new volunteers and caregivers. (More here)
  4. In AiC Blogs/Forums, News and Articles  we connect and share information with caregivers around the world.

Cultivating Compassion: Video based Seminar
for Volunteers and Family Caregivers

Communicating with Compassion: How to Communicate in Ways that Ease the Pain and Lift the Spirit. A best-selling 40-minute video shows volunteers and lay caregivers how to approach emotionally sensitive situations with confidence.


Compassion in Action: Being Effective in Emotionally Difficult Conversations. A 43-minute video shows how to turn difficult conversations into learning conversations, identify 3-layers of a conversation, and recognize the choice-points when conversations can turn around.