Educational Series for Caregivers Begins February 7, Respite Care Available

For Immediate Release: Thursday, January 03, 2019

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

Registration is now open for a six-week educational series called Powerful Tools for Caregivers that begins February 7, 2019. Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services sponsors the series.

The classes take place on Thursdays, February 7 through March 14, from 1-3:30 p.m., at the Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street.

The series helps unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while they are caring for an aging or chronically ill relative or friend. The person in their care may live at home, in a facility or even across the country.

Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions.

“We know how hard it is for caregivers to get away,” says Program Coordinator Shannon Baggerman. “This year we are excited to be able to provide free respite care. Individuals who aren’t able to leave their loved ones alone due to high care needs can participate in this series, knowing their loved ones are being taken care of.”

There is a suggested donation of $30 to help cover the cost of the book, but payment is not required to attend the class.

Class size is limited, and registration is required by calling the Washington County Family Caregiver Support Program at 503-846-3089.

Media Contact:

Wendy Gordon, Communications Coordinator/PIO