Monday, March 6, 2017

Caregiver Skills Seminar Offered in Great Barrington for Family Caregivers

Fairview Hospital will host Elder Services of Berkshire County for a six-week community education program, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers – A Class for Family Caregivers,” starting Monday, March 6 from 10 am to 12 noon in the ground floor Conference Room at 29 Lewis Avenue in Great Barrington.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers (not professional caregivers) take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend.  Caregivers will benefit from this class whether helping a parent, spouse, friend, or someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

The program has been show to help caregivers improve self-care behaviors, management of emotions, self-efficacy and use of community resources.  The class will give caregivers tools to reduce stress, offer strategies to communicate effectively with other family members, a doctor and paid help, and help attendees learn about self-care, making tough decisions, setting goals and problem-solving and reducing guilt, anger and depression.

Participants will receive a free Caregiver Helpbook to accompany the class content.  The book covers topics including hiring in-home help, helping memory-impaired elders, making legal and financial decisions, making decisions about care facility placement, understanding depression and making decisions about driving.

The program is free.  Due to limited size, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Fairview Hospital’s Community Relations Office at (413) 854-9609 or Elder Services at (413) 499-0524 ext. 113.