Caregiving can be a stressful, isolating, and overwhelming experience. It can have a negative impact on the caregiver’s physical and mental health. COMPASS helps caregivers balance their own well-being with the challenges of caregiving.

COMPASS is a 9-module program facilitated by someone who understands how difficult caregiving can be. We discuss dealing with guilt and grief, managing stress, improving communication, navigating the system and planning for the journey ahead. A complete list of the module topics is available here.

To find an upcoming COMPASS in your area, please see our Program Listings page. For more information or to register, you can also contact our Program Coordinator by email or by calling our office.

If you are interested in hosting or facilitating COMPASS at your agency, please visit the COMPASS Facilitator Training page.

Here’s what some past participants have said about the program

“I felt safe to discuss my issues without being ‘judged’ or ‘fixed’.”

“Being able to share my problems and frustrations with other caregivers was the most meaningful part of the COMPASS program, especially because [now I know] that there are others having the same problem.”

“I feel so much more capable of handling the unexpected.”

“It has helped me shift providing care from the category of ‘who I am’ to ‘one of the things I do’.”

“This course is the best thing that has happened to me in years.”

“…I am feeling like I am understood, I am handling my guilty feelings of “not doing enough” with a new understanding of my role as caregiver. This program is proving to be much more than I expected.”