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Posted on: January 27, 2014

Workshop explores successful family caregiving

The vast majority of health care provided in the United States – 89% of it – happens at home. Nearly one in three households is involved in family caregiving – either directly or indirectly. But for most caregivers, there is little training to meet the challenges that come along with being a family caregiver.

“The Secrets of Family Caregiving” is a 90-minute exploration of successfully meeting the varied needs that come along with that role. Topics will include creating a safe environment, maintaining medical records and providing medical care, communicating with healthcare professionals, community services and resources, respite opportunities, balancing caregiving with other life needs and self-care for the caregiver. Presenters include case managers from Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and other community professionals.

The workshop is free and will be repeated three times at different locations:

• Feb. 7 (12:10 to 12:50 p.m.)
Pierce County Annex Main Meeting Room
2401 S 35th Street in Tacoma

• Feb. 8 (10 to 11:30 a.m.)
Sound View Building
3602 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma

• Feb. 12 (12:10 to 12:50 p.m.)
County City Building Rainier Conference Room
930 Tacoma Ave S, 7th Floor in Tacoma

“Family caregiving is now the new normal for healthcare,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources manager. “Aging & Disability Resources is deeply involved in helping family members provide effective care by using the best resources our community can offer. We want to pass along that experience and knowledge and help anyone who is or will soon be in that caregiver role so they can provide the best care and take care of themselves too.”

“The Secrets of Family Caregiving” is a presentation of the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center. The workshop is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For workshop details call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at (253) 798-4600.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Scott Kinney, Community Connections
253-798-4509
skinney@co.pierce.wa.us

Bob Riler, Community Connections
253-798-7384
briler@co.pierce.wa.us

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