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09/24: Interview – Family Caregiver Skills Fair

The Family Caregiver Skills Fair is for caregivers of a spouse, adult child, parent, friend or neighbor who is living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, Parkinson’s disease or stroke.

According to a new AARP report, family caregivers are providing intense and complex care with little to no instruction or guidance. This is causing an increase in levels of stress, worry, and strain for many family caregivers. Caregivers are performing difficult tasks such as managing medications, preparing food for special diets, helping with assistive devices, caring for wounds, giving showers, and so much more. On top of that, the physical, mental and emotional demands and the impact of social isolation on the caregiver can be monumental.

In an effort to address the needs of family caregivers, a one-day free family caregiver skills fair is being held to help caregivers learn practical skills. Also, regardless of where the individual is in the disease process, it is important for family caregivers to think ahead. By attending the skills fair, caregivers will be prepared and ready for handling future complex needs.

The fair consists of a light breakfast followed by hands-on demonstrations. Later on there will be lunch and presentations on healthy eating and cooking for two, planning the day and meaningful activities, and communication strategies. Other topics will include oral care, handling medications, bathing and dressing, body mechanics and moving a loved one safely, incontinence management, adaptive equipment and more.

The Family Caregiver Skills Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 9th from 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM at Dove Healthcare West Eau Claire. Registration is required by going online or calling at 715-839-4735. There is no cost to attend.

The fair is sponsored by Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County, Dove Healthcare, and HSHS St Joseph’s Home Health and Hospice.

Corey Viars

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