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Tools for caregivers

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“Therapy: Tools for the Caregiver” will be offered in February and March by the El Dorado Community Family Caregiver Support Program and Marshall Medical Center Physical Rehabilitation Services. The six-week series of classes is designed to provide instruction and support for caregivers who are or plan to care for a family member or friend 60 years of age or greater.

All classes will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Motherlode Lions Club, 4701 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville. Classes and materials are offered free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served. Free respite care is available to qualified caregivers.

— Feb. 7 – A physical therapy class will provide instruction on techniques for bed mobility, lying to sitting, transfers from bed, chair, wheelchair and toilet. Participants will learn how to use a gait belt and a basic strengthening exercise program for lower extremities.

— Feb. 14 – A physical therapy class will provide instruction on gait training using various assistive devices including a single point cane, quad cane and front wheeled walker. Participants will learn activities to improve standing balance.

— Feb. 21 – An occupational therapy class will review ways you can help your loved one be as independent as possible with all activities of daily living. Participants will look at equipment for the bathroom, kitchen and dressing. They also will review appropriate ways to safely assist with dressing and bathroom transfers.

— Feb. 28 – An occupational and speech therapy class will address feeding and swallowing issues. Attendees will learn about the various modifications often made to the texture of food we eat and how these modifications can improve safety and the safety of consumption. They will also review how to appropriately cue someone to allow for independent feedings

— March 7 – A speech therapy class will provide a brief overview of communicating and provide ways to enhance the communication of those with mild to moderately severe communication impairments.

— March 14 – In this class participants will learn how to access free amazing phones to help individuals who have difficulty hearing, seeing, moving, remembering or speaking.

For reservations and to arrange for respite care call the Family Caregiver Support Program at (530) 621-6151 or (530) 621-6251.


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