Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving

Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives); home care workers; adult day services, adult family home, boarding home, and assisted living staff; and social service and mental health professionals who work with family caregivers are invited to attend Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care, a day-long conference for caregivers on June 4, 2012 at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila).


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Visit the King County Caregiver Support Network today!


 

Sponsored by Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Community Connections/Long Term Care, with the support of numerous community organizations, the conference will feature author Wendy Lustbader, whose insight and personal knowledge of caregiving issues inspires audiences wherever she speaks. She will also present workshops on drug and alcohol issues in caregiving and on family dilemmas that resurface when caring for a family member.

This conference is intended for in-home caregivers—people who provide personal care or assist another person with health care. Participants will choose from 16 workshops to find information they most need in their unique situation, including:

  • Care strategies for behaviors associated with dementia and developmental disabilities.
  • Managing incontinence in the home.
  • Importance of humor in difficult situations.
  • What you need to know before a hospitalization.
  • Understanding grief and loss, the ongoing process.
  • Legal and financial planning.
  • Back injury prevention.
  • Current ideas for making a healthy diet easier to plan and stick to.

Over 40 exhibitors will provide resource information about products and services for caregivers, who will also have the opportunity to meet with agency representatives and learn where and how they can get the help they need.

The early registration fee (by May 15) for individual caregivers is $30. Scholarships are available for unpaid family caregivers. The early registration fee for agency-based caregivers is $50. Fees include workshops, lunch and resource exhibits.

Registration forms will be available in April and space is limited—so don't delay!  For more information or to receive a full brochure and registration materials, call 1-800-422-3263 (toll-free 800-725-2544), email caregivingconference@dshs.wa.gov, or visit www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov/caregiving on the Web.