Free workshop explores successful family caregiving

The majority of health care provided in the United States happens at home. Nearly one in three households is either directly or indirectly involved in family caregiving. For most caregivers, there is little training to meet the challenges that come along with being a family caregiver.

The majority of health care provided in the United States happens at home. Nearly one in three households is either directly or indirectly involved in family caregiving. For most caregivers, there is little training to meet the challenges that come along with being a family caregiver.

“The Secrets of Family Caregiving” is a 90-minute exploration of how to successfully meet the needs that come with that role. Topics will include creating a safe environment, maintaining medical records and providing medical care, communicating with healthcare professionals, community services and resources, respite opportunities, balancing caregiving with other life needs and self-care for the caregiver.

Presenters include case managers from Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and other community professionals.

The workshop is free and will be repeated three times at different locations:

•  12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 7 Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room 2401 S 35th Street in Tacoma

• 10 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 8 Sound View Building 3602 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma

• 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Feb. 12 County City Building Rainier Conference Room 930 Tacoma Ave S, 7th Floor in Tacoma

“Family caregiving is now the new normal for healthcare,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Aging & Disability Resources is deeply involved in helping family members provide effective care by using the best resources our community can offer. We want to pass along that experience and knowledge and help anyone who is or will soon be in that caregiver role so they can provide the best care and take care of themselves too.”

“The Secrets of Family Caregiving” is a presentation of the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. The workshop is free and open to the public. No registration required. For workshop details call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

 

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