Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving

"The conference was a big surprise. I was quietly overwhelmed by the love and understanding that came not only from the speakers, but from my fellow caregivers as well. There was a gentleness to the day...I found it refreshing that they talked about the hard realities of everyday life but also turned around and gave me tools to work with to make it better, or at least more manageable."
—Richard Holloway, Caregiver

On Monday, June 3, 2013, family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives); home care workers; adult day services, adult family home, and assisted living staff; and social service and mental health professionals who work with family caregivers are invited to attend a day-long conference for caregivers called "Challenges in Caregiving: Giving Care, Taking Care" at the Tukwila Community Center, sponsored by the Aging and Disability Services Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Community Connections/Long Term Care.

Keynote presenter Robin Rose will offer an innovative approach for staying calm and renewing energy in the high-stress world of caregiving, including specific skills for reducing tension, staying focused on one's goals, and maintaining a sense of well-being under pressure.

Caregivers can choose from 16 workshops and visit over 40 exhibitors with resource information about products and services that assist caregivers in Washington state. Caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with agency representatives and learn where and how they can get the help they need.

Workshop topics include:

  • Care strategies for behaviors associated with dementia and developmental disabilities
  • Importance of humor in difficult situations
  • What you need to know before a hospitalization
  • Understanding grief and loss, the ongoing process
  • Legal issues in caregiving
  • Back injury prevention
  • Making difficult decisions about long term care for a family member
  • Natural ways to reduce stress

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

To request a full brochure and registration materials, call toll-free 1-800-422-3263 (360-725-2544) or e-mail caregivingconference@dshs.wa.gov.


King County residents age 18+ who are primary unpaid caregivers for elders or younger adults with disabilities can get free coaching and other support through the King County Caregiver Support Network.