FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2009
(415) 434-3388 ext. 326 or
Taking Family Caregivers Back to School
SAN FRANCISCO—Caregiver University, a new initiative of the Family Caregiver Alliance, is a one-day crash course in skills for family caregivers. It is the first time Caregiver University is being offered in the Bay Area. Caregiver University is a selection of skill-building workshops that focus on the physical and emotional care of someone with dementia or other chronic illness.
"We are excited to be offering the Caregiver University, as family caregivers have long requested more hands-on training on caring of their loved ones," says Family Caregiver Alliance Executive Director, Kathleen Kelly. "Caregiver University is filling a gap to help family caregivers receive the education and training they require to care for a loved one."
Family or friends caring for someone who is frail, disabled, has a chronic illness or cognitive impairment will find the class an invaluable resource to manage their everyday challenges. Additionally, participants will walk away from class with caregiver tip cards for a quick reference to skills and information learned at Caregiver University.
Caregivers Gain Confidence
On a daily basis, FCA staff hear confusion, worry and overwhelming grief in the voices of family caregivers struggling with the day-to-day tasks of helping someone with a disabling chronic condition, especially someone with progressive memory loss. Caregiver University helps caregivers gain confidence by providing the necessary information and skills training needed to reduce stress.
"Caregivers do better when they feel more confident and competent in caring for a loved one," says FCA Program Director Donna Schempp. "This reduces their stress and frustration in being a good caregiver and helps them to keep their loved ones at home as long as possible."
FCA presents Caregiver University with support from The East Bay Foundation. Based in San Francisco, Family Caregiver Alliance offers programs to support and sustain the important work of families and friends caring for loved ones with chronic, disabling health conditions. FCA offers programs at national and local levels. FCA provides direct services for over 1400 caregivers in the Bay Area annually. A wealth of caregiving advice, resource listings, newsletters, fact sheets, research reports, policy updates and discussion groups are available free on our website. Visit www.caregiver.org or call (800) 445-8106 for more information.
Saturday, November 14, 2009; 8:30 a.m. ? 3:30 p.m., 1 Santa Barbara Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Workshops conducted by experts on topics include: Feeding/nutrition; bathing/grooming; caregiver self-care; behavioral issues management; incontinence care/toileting; transfer skills; dental care. Preregistration required. $25 registration fee; scholarships available.
Sponsors: Family Caregiver Alliance and Mt. Diablo Center for Adult Day Health Care
To register or for scholarship information, call Mahi Sadeghi at FCA, (800) 445-8106, email msadeghi(at)caregiver(dot)org or register online here
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