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Caring for the Caregiver

Health care providers often fail to recognize the adverse impact of the stress of work-related traumatic events on their performance. We know that unanticipated and harmful events can and do happen. What happens to the caregiver in the immediate hours following an event of this type can turn out to be psychologically catastrophic. The Maryland Patient Safety Center is proud to deliver the Caring for the Caregiver program, which has been designed to help organizations provide immediate, confidential “psychological first aid” and emotional support to “second victims” in this situation by utilizing trained volunteer “Peer Responders”. After going through the training for the program, your organization will be ready to implement Caring for the Caregiver. Having the understanding and relating to the experiences of peers is crucial to providing high quality support. Peer support can have a significant impact on the ability of caregivers to continue thriving in their roles, and is important to the success of the organization.

Caring for the Caregiver is in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins RISE Team which was supported in part by the Josie King Foundation.

Additional information can be found in our Caring for the Caregiver Brochure.