Caring for the Caregiver

Whether it is an elderly parent with age-related dementia, a spouse with a crippling injury, or a child with a chronic condition, more than 43 million adults in the US have provided care for a family member or friend in the past year. A 2015 study by the AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving revealed that caregivers spend an average of 24 hours a week providing care, with nearly a quarter providing 40 or more hours a week. This unpaid caregiver role can leave people feeling lost and uncertain on what to do, create stress, and take an emotional toil. And the burden will only grow as the elderly population is projected to double to 92 million by 2060.

Our monthly Caregiver Classes can help fight burnout, provide tips for day-to-day care, and prepare you for dealing with the practical and legal issues that arise.

Classes are free. Attend only the classes that are right for you. Each class is held twice during the year. Classes held on the second Tuesday of each month at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Auditorium 1 from 1-2:30 p.m.

Call 996-LIFE (5433) to save your seat.

Medication Management and Nutrition

January & July

Tips for setting up, storing, recording and managing medications. A registered dietitian will teach you how to help meet dietary requirements and manage physician-prescribed diets.

Supporting the Caregiver

February & August

Coping techniques and resources for caregivers. Learn about signs and risks of compassion fatigue (caregiver burnout).  An experienced medical social worker will provide coping techniques and resources for caregivers to help you along your caregiving journey.

Practical Tips for Day-to-Day Home Care

March & September

Helpful advice on daily home care from health-care professionals, including a registered nurse and rehab therapist.

Home Care Choices and How to Find Assistance at Home

April & October

Learn about the difference between insurance-approved skilled home care and other home care choices, including private duty, home medical equipment, supplies, and other resources to help in the care of your loved one.

Legal Matters and Goals of Care

May & November

An attorney will present information on important legal matters to address with your loved ones. A palliative social worker will share ways to discuss goals of care and long-term planning. Advance directives will be discussed.

Alternate Therapies

June & December

There are many ways to cope with stress and different therapies will be discussed, such as music therapy, massage therapy, pet therapy, and more. This will be an experiential class, with enough time for personal questions and needs.

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