Documentary Screening Event

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month 2022

 

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November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers. We are pleased to offer this screening opportunity of Unseen: How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for caregivers.

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About the Film

An estimated 16.8 million people in the U.S. are caring for a child with disabilities or complex medical needs. The demands of daily life and chronic stress can negatively affect the mental and physical wellbeing of parent caregivers. With few who understand their situation and limited accommodations, caregivers often feel alone in their struggle.

The Unseen documentary takes a raw, honest look at the parent caregiving experience. If caregivers are ever going to get the support and resources they deserve, they first have to be seen and heard. The Unseen documentary puts faces and stories to this issue to enable change for the caregivers in our community.

Thank you to our partners!

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Team Select aims to provide exceptional in-home patient care, and proudly offers the Family CNA Program to parents and their loved ones in five states across the nation. The Family CNA Program offers an alternative, cost-effective care model that provides a solution for struggling medically fragile families and their loved ones. This program allows parents and legal guardians of medically fragile children to become paid, certified caregivers for their medically fragile loved one at no cost to them or the state. Team Select is working tirelessly to make the Family CNA Program available for families in need in all 50 states. Join our fight in creating the opportunity for all families to receive the care they deserve. Learn more at tshc.com/fcna.

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Greater National Advocates is a public service organization determined to improve the patient experience. We know the importance of having someone in your corner during a health care crisis. Our trusted online portal allows patients and their loved ones to quickly connect with a knowledgeable independent Patient Advocate who has experience dealing with hospitals, insurance companies, doctors and long term care facilities. Our goal is to help patients and loved ones cut through the red tape and find peace of mind. Learn more gnanow.org.

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Cariloop believes employers play an important role in improving the well-being of caregivers. The company works with employers to take time-consuming research and care coordination off employee caregivers’ plates so they can stress less and be more productive at work. From difficult conversations to complex care situations, from the beginning of life to the end and every moment in between, Cariloop will be in your corner every step of the way as you navigate a loved one’s care situation. Learn more cariloop.com.
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The heart of We Are Brave Together, an international community of caregiving moms, is to strengthen, encourage, educate and inspire all moms of children with disabilities through their unique and difficult caregiving journeys. To be a caregiving mom is to be a mother who cares for a child or adult child with any type of challenge: medical, mental, behavioral, genetic, developmental, psychiatric, learning, cognitive, or physical. The We Are Brave Together community is woven with one common thread: we are here to support and strengthen one another, and increase our mental health amidst chronic hardship. We offer support groups, (virtual and in-person), retreats, retreat scholarships, and, our Brave Together Podcast, which is a library of inspiration, stories, and resources. Learn more wearebravetogether.org.

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“Solutions in Reach” Discussion Series

We are presenting a series of webinars and panels discussing resources that present possible solutions to some of the challenges explored in the film. Recordings are available below. Additional bonus content can be found here.

Supporting Caregivers as a Competitive Advantage for Employers

When employees have significant caregiving responsibilities, particularly those caring for a loved one with special needs, their work lives can suffer. This can show up as presenteeism, lack of productivity and sometimes simply needing to leave their job altogether. These caregivers need help, which includes supportive benefit offerings from their employers. Beyond improving the well-being of these caregivers and ensuring they feel seen, what’s the business case for helping them? Furthermore, how can employers use offering caregiver support as a competitive advantage?

Join Unseen and Cariloop’s Care Coach Melinda Stroda for a conversation on how this support can boost productivity and engagement as well as be a differentiator for your company.

Q&A with Jess Ronne 

Q&A with Jess Ronne, one of the subjects of the documentary film “Unseen: How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters.” Learn about the Ronne family, how to navigate marriage as a parent caregiver, managing guilt, and more!

Family CNA Program

What is the Family CNA program and how does it help family caregivers and states? We’re speaking with Team Select Home Care, an agency administering the Family CNA Program in five states across the U.S. The Family CNA Program offers an alternative, cost-effective care model allows parents and legal guardians of medically fragile children to become paid, certified caregivers for their medically fragile loved one at no cost to them or the state. Learn more about the program, how it benefits families and states, and how to bring it to your state.

A DIY Approach to Long-Term Residential Care with Jess Ronne

There are currently close to a million disabled adults waiting for housing placement in America. Jess Ronne, Founder & CEO of The Lucas Project, has decided to tackle this issue one house at a time. Jess and her husband, Ryan, purchased a property in west Michigan they plan to convert into a home for their son and other disabled adults. We’re talking with Jess to learn more about this initiative, and how others can replicate it in their communities.

Caregiver Friendly Workplaces

A Better Balance is a national nonprofit legal advocacy organization that uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without risking their economic security. Watch this presentation to learn more about what a caregiver friendly workplace looks like and the ways that workers, advocates, and employers can continue to advocate for working families. Presented by Kameron Dawson, Senior Staff Attorney at A Better Balance’s Southern office, and Amanda Dyer.

“You took the words right out of my mouth… It was every thought and feeling that we experience daily as caregivers.”

“For those who do not bear these responsibilities, the film offers a rare peek inside the daily struggles of their neighbors. For caregivers in the trenches, Unseen allows them to be seen.”

“Wow…This is so well done and provokes people to think that have not faced these issues. This is impressive and powerful.”

“It’s beautiful, heartbreaking and completely relatable to all of the caregivers that we serve.”

“I felt every emotion….This documentary is extremely powerful.”

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Every dollar helps grow the impact this documentary can make. You can donate as an individual or organization. Donations are tax deductible when made through our fiscal sponsor, The Lucas Project.

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Viewer Screening Kit

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Caregiver Toolbox

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Partnership Opportunities

We invite you to partner with us to get your brand in front of new audiences while showing your support for caregivers. Contact caregiverdocumentary@gmail.com to learn more.