Atlas of Caregiving has hosted CareMap Workshops for hundreds of caregivers all across the country [ LINK to CareMap Research Page]. These Workshops are a deeply designed experience through which participants gain confidence in the idea of the CareMap and how to draw it, get exposure to a wide variety of care ecosystems as they interact with one another and share their maps with other participants, engage in active conversation with their peers about caregiving, and acquire a deeper understanding of their own situations to appreciate what is working well and identify what isn’t. Not only do the Workshops promote a sense of community and openness about the challenges of caregiving, they also aid individual caregivers in being better able to manage their responsibilities and leverage untapped resources to make their lives easier.
Caregiving is often an isolated and under-appreciated endeavor, making it difficult to understand what is needed to improve current systems. By facilitating important conversations about caregiving, the CareMap is changing the way we think about care and paving the way for transformative change.