Caregiver training classes offered |

Caregiver training classes offered

A series of caregiver training classes are being offered free of charge by the El Dorado County Family Caregiver Support Program. The six-week series is designed to provide instruction and support for informal caregivers who are caring for family members and friends at home. The classes will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. each Monday Oct. 14 through Nov. 18 at Embassy Suites, 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The days and topics are:

Oct. 14, Transfers; Oct. 21, Gerontology 101; Oct. 28, Personal Care & Incontinence; Nov. 4, Caregiving with Class; Nov. 11, Nutrition; and Nov. 18, Stress Management.

For reservations and more information call El Dorado County Family Caregiver Support Program at (530) 621-6151. Respite care also is available with advance notice.

The classes are part of the new federally-funded National Family Caregiver Support Program that offers assistance to persons caring for an older adults, 60 years of age or greater, or to a grandparent, 60 years of age or greater, who is raising a grandchild or other kinship relation who is 18 years of age or younger. The program hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Types of assistance available through the program include:

–Information to caregivers regarding available resources.

–Assistance to caregivers in gaining access to services.

–Individual counseling, organization of support groups and caregiving training to individuals to assist caregivers in making decisions and solving problems related to their caregiving roles.

–Respite care to enable caregivers to be temporarily relieved from their caregiving responsibilities.

–Limited supplemental services are available to caregivers who may qualify for case management services.

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