Hospice offers Power Tools for Caregivers series
January 9, 2006
DeKalb County Hospice will be offering a series of classes on Powerful Tools for Caregivers beginning Feb. 28.
PTFC is an educational program for relatives or friends who care for a loved one with a chronic medical condition. This series will provide caregivers with the tools needed to take care of themselves while continuing as an effective caregiver for their loved one. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 37percent of caregivers report feeling frustrated; 28 percent report feeling sad or depressed; and 22 percent report feeling overwhelmed.
Caregivers frequently report sleeplessness, backaches, headaches, and stomach disorders. Research has shown that PTFC is highly effective in enabling caregivers to better care for their physical and emotional health, while improving their confidence as a caregiver.
The PFTC series consists of six sessions that will meet on Tuesdays, Feb.28 – April 4, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The sessions will be held at DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Rd., DeKalb. There is a $25 fee for materials, however scholarships are available. For more information, or to register for this series, contact Val Heintz or Ginny Rickert at 815.756.3000.