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). Connecting you with support, resources and knowledge to help you along your caregiving journey.

Home Care Choices and How to Find Assistance at Home

March & September

Learn about private duty services, home health care services, home medical equipment and supplies.

Practical Tips for Day-to-Day Home Care

April & October

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

Cancer Caregivers

May & November

Topics tailored to cancer caregivers, including: medication and medical information management; nutrition; safety, nursing and therapy tips; communicating with your medical team; and medical and financial directives.

Legal Matters and Goals of Care

June & December

An attorney will present information on advance directives, power of attorney and qualifications for assistance. A facilitator will lead the group in ways to engage your loved one in conversations about their goals of care.

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