ROCHESTER – Frisbie Memorial today announced a new four-class series for caregivers to be offered this fall, “The Caregiver’s Dilemma: Learning to Navigate Elder Care Choices and Changes.” The series is designed to help family caregivers learn how to effectively care for themselves; how to assess the most suitable living option for the elder; and how to engage in thoughtful decision-making about care preferences with your aging loved one. Classes include:
• Oct. 4: Caring for Ourselves, the Caregiver. Caring for an aging parent or relative can be a rewarding, yet demanding, experience. Caregivers discover it can be difficult to find a sense of balance between caring for themselves and giving care to a loved one. Learn how to care for yourself through stress-reducing and relaxation techniques. This class will also explore ways to set goals and effectively problem-solve.
• Oct. 11: Palliative Care: Understanding Changes in our Elders. Develop an enhanced understanding of the elder’s evolving medical and spiritual needs. This class will focus on these changes and the resulting, new challenges. Palliative and hospice care will also be discussed.
• Oct. 24: Moving Out or Staying Home: Assessing the Best Place for Care. Learn about the available home- and community-based services and living options that are designed to help care for an aging person's increasing needs. This class will help you decide how to assess the most suitable living option for the elder and how to discuss this important decision with your family.
Nov. 1: Having the “Talk” — Advanced Directives and End-of-Life Preferences. Learn how advance directives, including durable power of attorney for health care and a living will, help to address end-of-life concerns and care preferences which affect an aging person's quality of life. Also, learn how to lay the groundwork in preparation for the "talk."
The series is free and registration is required, which can be made by visiting frisbiehospital.com/calendar or calling (603) 332-3100 extension 8610. All classes to be held at 6 p.m. in the Belknap Room in the Frisbie Memorial Community Education and Conference Center located on the hospital campus.