Family Caregivers Series Offered Online for First Time

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Disability, Aging and Veteran Services (DAVS) Division

Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services and Tuality Healthcare have been sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week in-person education program, for many years.

This fall, they are offering a class for people who are unable to attend the class in person. Caregivers will be able to participate in the class at home using their own computer and internet connection. This class is part of a pilot program and will use interactive technology similar to Skype. Participants will be able to communicate with other family caregivers and class instructors in real time.

The classes are offered Wednesdays from September 13 – October 18, 2017, from 1–2:30 p.m.
 
This educational series is designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while they are caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness. Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions.
 
The class is free and is appropriate for anyone helping a parent, spouse or friend. The person in their care may live at home, in a facility or across the country.
 
Class size for this pilot project is very limited. Registration is required by calling the Washington County Family Caregiver Support Program at 503-846-3089.

Media Contact:

Wendy Gordon, Communications Coordinator/PIO
503-846-3634
wendy_gordon@co.washington.or.us