Family Caregiver Education Series
What: Hope Hospice is pleased to offer a series of twelve classes designed to provide training, education, support, and resources for those caring for loved ones with chronic or disabling conditions.
Who: Any community member engaged in the role of family caregiver or expecting to soon become a caregiver is invited to participate.
When: Classes will be offered on the second Saturday of each month (no class in December). Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:45 a.m., and classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.
Where: All classes will be held at Hope Hospice, 6377 Clark Avenue, Suite 100, Dublin (2nd floor conference room).
How: Register online at Hopehospice.com or contact Debbie Emerson, Community Education Volunteer at debbiee@HopeHospice.com. Registration is ongoing throughout the series.
This program is available at no charge to community members, however, donations to Hope Hospice are greatly appreciated.
Family Caregiver Education Series – FAQs
All classes will be held on the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – noon at Hope Hospice.
January 14, 2017 – Living with Dementia: Laura Wayman, “The Dementia Whisperer”
Nationally recognized expert on dementia and author of A Loving Approach to Dementia Care, Laura Wayman will discuss the various medical conditions that can cause dementia including its leading cause, Alzheimer’s disease. She will examine the clinical symptoms and progression of dementia and present strategies for effectively communicating with individuals with dementia.
February 11, 2017 – Living with Dementia: Communication and Feelings
In addition to impaired memory, judgment, perception, motor skills, abstract thinking and attention, dementia can cause language deficits. With the goal of promoting a meaningful connection between the individual with dementia and those providing care, this class will demonstrate how communication can be enhanced through a focus on emotions and feelings and how this focus can help to mitigate and manage the deficits that worsen throughout the disease process.
March 11, 2017 – Facing End-of-Life Issues and Handling Grief and Loss
No matter how thoroughly one has prepared for the inevitability of death, when the time comes it still can be a shock to the system. Caregivers will receive information about what to expect in the final days of life, transitioning to palliative (comfort) care, hospice services and making funeral arrangements. Additionally, the complexities of grief and loss will be examined, and participants will be provided with coping strategies for themselves and their families.
April 8, 2017 – Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Making Decisions About Caregiving
Handling sensitive topics and making difficult decisions, especially when emotions are high, is never easy. This session will cover information about formulating a care plan, working together with family members and exploring various care settings including in-home and residential care, distance-caregiving, community services and resources, and relocating loved ones.
May 20, 2017 – Necessary Evils: Exploring Legal and Financial Issues
Planning for the incapacity of a loved one can be an extremely difficult task. Reliance on professionals will ensure that families receive the most accurate information about options and protection. Topics in this session include: establishing powers of attorney, guardianships and conservatorships, trusts and wills; managing finances, paying for long-term care, and accessing government assistance programs; examining elder abuse and fraud; and implementing advance health care directives.
June 10, 2017 – Navigating the Health Care Environment/Becoming An Advocate for Your Loved One
The complex healthcare system in the U.S. can be daunting, to say the least. Understanding your rights and learning to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals are key to successfully advocating for your loved one. Guidance is provided in handling hospitalizations (including the discharge process) and utilizing strategies for keeping track of health histories, medications and medical appointments.
June 24, 2017 – Living with Dementia: Optimal Well-Being and Activities of Daily Living
Providing personal care for a loved one with dementia can present overwhelming demands on the family caregiver, often leading to frustration and exhaustion. This class will explore effective strategies for managing the activities of daily living (dressing, eating, bathing, toileting, walking, transferring, etc.) with the goals of promoting optimal well-being and personal identity for the patient and maintaining the physical and emotional health of the caregiver.
July 8, 2017 – Technology Tools for the Caregiver (note date change)
Staying on top of advances in technology and new products can be overwhelming for anyone, and especially so for those already trying to juggle the demands of family caregiving. To help caregivers examine some of the technology tools and assistive devices currently on the market, this class will provide information on various resources, applications and devices for medical and task management, communication, and home and personal monitoring.
August 12, 2017 – Self-Care for the Caregiver (note date change)
The role of family caregiver is complex and frequently overwhelming. To effectively care for others, one must first take responsibility for one’s own well-being. This session will contain information about the caregiving experience, challenges and rewards, stress management strategies, obtaining support and assistance and utilizing resources. Hope Hospice’s grief support providers will provide valuable information about anticipatory grief and coping with emotions.
September 9, 2017 – Essential Skills for the Family Caregiver
Many family caregivers are asked to perform a variety of medical or nursing tasks, enabling their loved ones to remain at home. Caregivers will be trained in basic skills such as wound care, operating medical equipment, bathing, toileting, and transferring, understanding medical terminology and implementing personal and home safety measures.
October 14, 2017 – Understanding Advanced Illness
At times, it seems as if what may have started out as a single medical diagnosis morphs into many, especially with the elderly patient. This session looks at a variety of illnesses and provides guidance in determining when curative care may become palliative (comfort) care. Caregivers will receive valuable information on the most prevalent co-existing medical conditions among the elderly and chronically ill.
October 28, 2017 – Living with Dementia: Family Dynamics and Caregiver Burnout
The stress and strife a family experiences as it watches a loved one with dementia decline can be staggering. The constant fluctuation of changing roles, uncertainty about the future, and fatigue may ultimately result in disputes, dysfunction and compromised health. This class will focus on devising strategies that will enable families to work together to develop caregiving solutions that will promote unity, intimacy and love.
November 11, 2017 – Medicare: An Overview and Update
Medicare Part A, B, C, or D? Medigap? Medicare Advantage Plans? The federal health insurance plan for people 65 and over and those with disabilities doesn’t have to be confusing. Medicare experts from the local Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program will share information about coverage, options for supplementing Medicare, consumer rights and protections, changes for 2018, hospital and skilled nursing facility rights, and detecting and reporting fraud and abuse.
December 9, 2017 – Healthful Meal Planning for the Elderly and Chronically Ill
Planning and preparing healthful meals for their loved ones is one of the many challenges family caregivers face. Hope Hospice’s registered dietitian will share valuable information about caring for the nutritional needs of elderly and/or chronically-ill adults, including: identifying the obstacles to healthful eating; avoiding nutritional deficiencies and nutrition-related disorders; and practical tips and suggestions for preparing meals that are healthy, satisfying, and easy.
For more information or to register, please contact Debbie Emerson at debbiee@HopeHospice.com