Conference for Caregivers: Tips & Tools for Daily Caregiving

In Washington, more than 850,000 unpaid family caregivers are helping someone age 18+ to remain at home. Thousands of others serve as professional caregivers for elders and adults with disabilities in their communities. Paid or unpaid, this is important, meaningful and stressful work.

Fortunately, help is available. The King County Caregiver Support Network helps unpaid caregivers work through challenges, and the support is free. And numerous agencies collaborate to offer an annual conference: Challenges in Caregiving—Giving Care, Taking Care.

The conference is intended for caregivers including:

  • Family caregivers (spouses, adult children, parents of adults with disabilities, or other relatives).
  • Home care workers and adult day services staff.
  • Adult family home or assisted living staff.
  • Social service or mental health professionals who work with family caregivers.

If you care for an elder family member, friend, or community member, or an adult with disabilities, this conference is for you. It's on Monday, June 2, from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila).

Keynote speaker Elaine K. Sanchez—author, speaker and co-founder of—brings her personal experiences and passion for helping others manage the emotional stress of caregiving. Elaine’s audiences rave and have called her "original, hilarious, down to earth and practical all at once."

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:

  • Finding hope and humor in caregiving.
  • Care strategies for behaviors associated with dementia.
  • Legal issues in caregiving.
  • Back injury prevention.
  • Improving cooperation among families members who provide care.
  • Tips for communication when there is hearing loss.
  • Managing incontinence at home.
  • Difficult emotions like anger and guilt.

Early registration fee (through May 14) is $30 for family and volunteer caregivers and $50 for agency-based community caregivers. No registration at the door. For more information, click here or call 360-725–2544 (toll-free 800-422-3263) to leave a voice message.

Challenges in Caregiving—Giving Care, Taking Care is sponsored by the state Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Full Life Care, and Pierce County Community Connections/Long Term Care, with the support of numerous community organizations, including Aging and Disability Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. 

What's a Caregiver?

Sometimes people fall into the role of caregiver and don't realize it. If you routinely…

  • bring food to a friend or family member
  • drive them to appointments
  • help with chores
  • pay their bills
  • run errands for them
  • help with yard work
  • fix their leaky faucets
  • organize their medications so they can be safe

           … then you are a caregiver.

Visit the King County Caregiver Support Network for more information.