Caregiver Training & Education
Self-identification is one of the most important steps to becoming a successful caregiver. By recognizing that you are more than just a spouse, parent, or caring friend, you will be more likely to use necessary resources, seek out information, and prepare yourself for the future.
Caring for a loved one can be stressful and can lead to physical and psychological conditions for the caregiver. Stress can be triggered by any number of caregiving concerns: the physical act of caregiving, grief over the decline in health of the loved one, financial constraints, emotional effects, and social isolation. It is not uncommon for caregivers to report feeling exhausted, angry, depressed, or guilty. This is often labeled as caregiver syndrome.
Research shows that caregivers who utilize support services are typically able to keep their loved ones at home longer, experience a more positive experience as a caregiver, and have less stress and better health.
Individual Educational Opportunities
We are available to:
- visit with you in your home, our office, or by telephone to discuss or provide your training needs and those of your family.
- introduce you to personal care topics: Adaptive equipment, tips and techniques, safety issues, or special diets.
- discuss medication concerns: Purposes, side effects, interactions, schedules, and set-up.
- discuss disease specific information: Definitions, progression, prognosis, stages, treatments, and current research.
- provide end of life information: The aging process, death & dying.
Group Educational Opportunities
- introduce you to the award-winning Powerful Tools for Caregivers series.
- give presentations to churches, community organizations, and corporations
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered 2-3 times per year in various locations across the Range. At the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a collection of self-care tools that can help:
- reduce personal stress
- change negative self-talk
- communicate their needs to family members and health care or service providers
- communicate more effectively in challenging situations
- recognize the messages in their emotions
- deal with difficult feelings
- make tough caregiving decisions
Class participants receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, which was developed specifically for the class.
For more information on our Training and Education Services, please contact the Range Respite office, 218-749-5051 or 877-507-7324.