Classes for Family Caregivers starting soon

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Classes for Family Caregivers starting soon

Are you or someone you know a caregiver?  According to statistics, 80% of all caregiving for adults is done by unpaid family and friends!   Informal caregivers, estimated in 2015 at 66 million and growing, have long been the foundation of long term care in the U.S.  Supporting these unsung heroes is a mission of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, in conjunction with Normandy Park United Church of Christ and Alki United Church of Christ in West Seattle.

Support U: Fostering Caregiver Wellness is a series of classes developed by a geriatric social worker and author and delivered by trained volunteers in local congregations.  By providing information and emphasizing self-care, the curriculum prepares people for the role of caregiver along with raising community awareness and helping to prevent caregiver ‘burnout” and isolation.

Support U is unique in its emphasis on all aspects of the health and well-being of the caregiver, including the spiritual.  Topics covered include Finding, Creating and Using Resources, Dementia, Chronic Illness and the Family, and Self-Care for the Caregiver.  Participants learn about local and national resources, approaches to dealing with the family conflict that often arises with the illness or disability of a loved one, and tips on self-care to make the caregiver’s journey easier.

Here are what a few of the past participants have to say about Support U:

“Sharing with others eases the burden”

“This class is a huge encouragement to me”

“I enjoy hearing the real life experiences and situations from the different people in the group.”

Normandy Park United Church of Christ (19247  1st Ave S. Normandy Park, WA 98148) and Alki United Church of Christ in  will be presenting the series on Saturdays;  October 7 and 14th, from 9:30 am to 1 pm.   Classes will be held at the Normandy Park United Church of Christ.

The suggested donation to cover the cost of materials is $5.

For more information or to register contact Rev. Amy Hitchens at Normandy Park United Church of Christ, 206-824-1770 or Larisa Wanserski at Alki United Church of Christ, 206-935-4611.

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4 Responses to “Classes for Family Caregivers starting soon”
  1. Clean it up! says:

    I have not attended this series, but I was a caregiver for my parents for several years. Though I was on duty for most days of the week, I was fortunate to have a professional caregiver for one 24 hour period a week. I was also very fortunate to have an excellent very experienced and loving caregiver, for several of those years. She taught me so much! There is a ton to learn about how to make things go easier for yourself and for your loved one. A jillion simple things and several big things that just makes life easier for your loved one and yourself. I encourage anyone caring for a family member or friend to take this or a similar opportunity to expand your understanding of what you are involved in. It will make life better for your loved one and yourself.

    One side note, for those who are family members of a caregiver, it’s okay if you cannot be there as much as you might like to be. Just do what you can, when you can to give the caregiver a respite. Take lunch by. Offer to stay with the family member while the shopping is being done or the caregiver has an afternoon ‘off’. Little breaks for the caregiver (and the loved one) can help greatly. Regular football nights, or sharing a favorite tv show can be looked forward to with little cost and an doable amount of time.

  2. 61yrsinburien says:

    Did you all know that Hawaii now pays caregivers $70.00 per day, better than nothing.

    I cared for my Dad for the last 3 years of his life, and it’s a very hard job but he cared for me when I was a child so it’s just the right thing to do.

    “Hawaii Becomes First State to Pay Caregivers
    July 12, 2017 03:10 PM
    The state of Hawaii will give eligible families $70 a day to help pay for home care services for a family member after Governor David Ige (D) signed the Kupuna Caregivers Program into law on July 6, 2017.”

    • Clean it up! says:

      Thank you for sharing this information about how Hawaii has decided to acknowledge caregivers’ roll in caring for the elderly. Without family caregivers, a government agency at far greater expense would need to be involved. I am quite heartened to hear this news! Most politicians seem very reluctant to bring to the light of day how our country shamelessly relies on good hearted people to give up their lives and financial well being to care for loved ones. This approach by Hawaii, is a long awaited first step to acknowledging caregivers value to the community, as well as to their loved one.

  3. 61yrsinburien says:

    @Clean it up…you are welcome!
    And as you I was very happy to see that Hawaii recognizes the importance of being a caregiver by at least compensating them with $70.00 per day.
    I as you took care of a Parent in their final years and it is a very hard job and even though my father has been gone for almost 10 years I still feel I could had done more for him.

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