Improving Care Through Community Partnerships

Improving Care Through Community Partnerships

Building strong partnerships to share our approach and reach those in need

We believe that better caregiving happens through networks of inspired people and organizations working together. We partner with organizations across all sectors, tailoring our programs to their needs, and the needs of the caregivers they serve.

Mindful Caregiver Education

Partner with us and customize caregiver education that fits your setting and meets your needs.
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Volunteer Caregiver Program

We can support you in training your volunteers in mindful caregiving or manage recruiting and training directly for you.
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Community Discussions

Partner with us for meaningful discussions about loss and dying. We develop workshops to help people explore death.
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We believe in the power of collaboration

Let’s work together.

If you're interested in collaborating on any of our programs, we'd love to hear from you. With each partnership, we work through a process to fully understand the needs of your organization and who you serve before we suggest any plans or designs.We'll make certain our partnership offers the greatest and most sustainable impact

Our work is heart-led and evidence-grounded. We enjoy working with others who bring expertise and passion to the work of supporting people experiencing chronic and terminal illness and their caregivers.

Before submitting an inquiry please have a quick read of our Partnership FAQs that explain more about our criteria and costs for delivering courses and training. We look forward to hearing from you

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Partnership Highlight

Zen Caregiving Project Volunteer Caregivers serve at San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital

Collaborating to enhance care since 1988

Zen Caregiving Project has collaborated with Laguna Honda for more than 30 years, creating a unique service within the largest public long-term care facility in the United States. This site offers much-needed care to the medically underserved populations of San Francisco.

Our Volunteer Caregivers provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to men and women with chronic and terminal illnesses. Laguna Honda, in turn, provides multi-disciplinary medical and social components. This remarkable partnership between public and private institutions has lasted more than three decades, one of the longest-running hospice and palliative care programs in the country. Together, Zen Caregiving Project and Laguna Honda Hospital have cared for over 2,300 hospice patients in their final days, weeks, and months of life.

Partners

Mindfulness-Based Training for Family Caregivers

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) provides care for the people of San Francisco, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. Zen Caregiving Project has partnered with ZSFG on a three-year project to develop training and materials that equip hospital staff to deliver Mindful Caregiving support sessions to family caregivers of cancer patients. To read more please see our blog on the project.

This partnership has been funded as part of the generous health systems grant from the Stupski Foundation which aims to transform how people experience the end of life in the Bay area.

Volunteers’ 30-Year Legacy of Service at Laguna Honda Hospital

Laguna Honda Hospital is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center owned and run by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, committed to providing care to the diverse communities of San Francisco.

For over 30 years, our organization has been recruiting, training, and managing a cohort of volunteers to serve on the palliative care ward of Laguna Honda Hospital. Volunteers commit to a weekly five-hour shift for a minimum of a year. Many volunteers choose to continue service, with an average tenure of service being five years. There are 70 volunteers currently serving, providing a total of 19,000 hours per year of compassionate and mindful-based care to persons living with chronic and terminal illness.

Reaching Chinese-Speaking Family Caregivers with CACCC

The Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care (CACCC) is a non-profit with the aim of supporting Chinese Americans facing the end of life with dignity and respect. Zen Caregiving Project collaborated with CACCC to translate our Mindful Family Caregiving program into Mandarin and train CACCC volunteers in the delivery of Mindful Family Caregiving modules. These trained volunteers are now delivering the program to Chinese-speaking family caregivers. Read more in our blog.

Partnership with Institute On Aging to offer free, online sessions to caregivers

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on caregivers, Zen Caregiving Project and Institute on Aging partnered to design, market and deliver a number of free online sessions. Some of the sessions were open to everyone and others were tailored to the needs of professional caregivers. Institute on Aging provided CE credits for the professional caregiver courses. In total, ZCP ran 27 free sessions in 2020 reaching 1700 people from across the US and globally, and continue to run free sessions in 2021.

Working with Staff at Curry Senior Center

Curry Senior Center is a non-profit in San Francisco dedicated to helping vulnerable, low-income, and homeless seniors through a holistic and integrated care approach. Zen Caregiving Project will be delivering two extended online sessions to frontline staff at Curry Senior Center. These sessions will explore loss and grief within the work context, and provide tools and practices to build emotional resilience and enhance wellbeing.

Working With San Francisco’s In-Home Support Services to Train Caregivers

The San Francisco In-Home Support Services (IHSS) help older adults and persons with disabilities receive care in their homes. Zen Caregiving Project (then known as Zen Hospice Project) partnered with IHSS to deliver our Mindful Caregiver Courses to five groups of caregivers, 67 caregivers in total. Each course ran for two half-days and was tailored to the needs of both the professional and family caregivers that attended. Eighty-five percent of attendees felt the training would be useful in their caregiving.

Delivering training to Community Forward SF

Community Forward SF is a non-profit that offers a collection of services to the hardest to reach, most vulnerable people in San Francisco. Services include housing, medical shelter, a sobering center, and a women’s shelter. Zen Caregiving Project ran an initial session with the Clinical Team at Community Forward SF that explored loss in the context of caregiving. We are continuing to work together to develop further staff programming.  

Running sessions for Cambia staff who are also family caregivers

Cambia Health Solutions, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is dedicated to transforming health care. They are a family of over 20 companies that work together to make the health care system more economically sustainable and efficient for people and families. The organization supports a Caregiver and Palliative Care Employee Resource Group (CARE-PC ERG) of over 200 employees, who come together monthly to share experiences and support each other. In Fall 2019, Zen Caregiving Project ran an online six-week Mindful Family Caregiving course for Cambia employees in the employee resource group. Feedback was positive and Zen Caregiving Project ran a further 10-session online course for the ERG in 2020.

Partnering with Caregiving Across Generations On Caregiver Corner sessions

As the impact of COVID-19 pandemic began to be felt, Zen Caregiving Project and Caring Across Generations partnered to support family caregivers. Zen Caregiving Project’s Executive Director, Roy Remer, was a guest for three weeks on Caring Across Generations’ weekly Caregiver Corner facebook live  sessions.

Roy discussed how mindfulness can be used in caregiving, and is particularly useful when coping with difficult situations like caregiving at a distance or sheltering-in-place. The three sessions got over 2480 views in their first three weeks.

Daylong mindfulness-based training for medical interns

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) provides care for the people of San Francisco, regardless of ability to pay or immigration status. Zen Caregiving Project worked with the Internal Medicine Residency program at ZSFG to deliver a one-day Mindful Caregiving Education course for first and second-year interns. The session was tailored to address the needs of clinicians and to introduce them to mindfulness-based tools that will support their well-being while ensuring continued compassionate care for their patients. After positive feedback, ZCP was asked to return and deliver a second one-day Mindful Caregiving Education course.

Thirty-Year Partnership with Everflowing: The Language of Touch

Everflowing is an educational program founded by Irene Smith, who has four decades of experience caring for persons living with chronic and terminal illness through mindful touching. Everflowing’s mission is to teach touch awareness and therapeutic presence as opportunities to recognize and express tenderness in caregiving. Irene regularly delivers training as a Guest Instructor in Zen Caregiving Project’s Volunteer Program training and Mindful Caregiving Education courses. We are excited and honored to partner with Irene by hosting her Touching Moments classes as an offering within Mindful Caregiver Education.

Ever Presence Symposium SLC

Ever Presence brought local and national experts together to create dialogue around death and dying to Salt Lake City, Utah. Zen Caregiving Project was pleased to be invited to participate in the new event’s activities. The inaugural one-day gathering included presenters from around the world who have worked in end-of-life care. In addition to a symposium presentation, Zen Caregiving’s Executive Director, Roy Remer, led a daylong Open Death Conversation workshop. Zen Caregiving Project will be returning to the symposium again this year to participate in its roster of activities.

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