Are you caring for an aging parent? Whether you share the role with others or shoulder it by yourself, it's not easy. Some say it's a recipe for stress.
Knowledge can help. That's the premise of the American Red Cross' new program, Family Caregiving, being taught nationwide. With eight one-hour sessions, the course covers topics from home safety and general caregiving, to nutrition and personal care, to self-care for the caregiver, to legal and financial issues.
There are two options. Attend a class, led by a Red Cross-certified facilitator, or learn on your own through a modular home study program. Either method allows you to pick and choose any session, at little or no cost.
Are you already involved in a caregiver support group? Family Caregiving can come to you.
I'm personally excited about this program. Evergreen Court of Bellevue, Washington, the retirement and assisted living community where I work, is hosting the Family Caregiving Program, weekly from May 11 through June 15, beginning at 6 pm. A certified facilitator from Always Best Care-Eastside will lead the class.
I plan to publish posts about what we learn. If you'd like to attend, please RSVP by calling 425-455-4333.
To locate an American Red Cross Family Caregiving training, contact their directory.