When you consider the strains and stresses that come with caregiving, caregiver classes are a godsend for those caregivers who legitimately need help.
Now, when I discuss these classes I am going to discuss them for three standpoints: what is taught, find to find the classes and how much do these classes cost?
What Do Caregiver Classes Teach?
In a word, everything that you need to know as a caregiver in order to take care of your loved one. Some of the topics covered include…
• General caregiving skills
• Home safety-this is ‘senior proofing’ your home in very much the same way that you ‘toddler proofed’ your home for your infant. Things such as the installation of grab bars and non skid mats, shower benches and other senior safety equipment would be discussed…plus medical alert systems.
• How to help with personal hygiene, which could include bathing and toileting-without embarrassing the one you are caring for.
• Expect caregiver classes to also focus on caring for the caregiver…because you need to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally so that you can reduce your personal stress.
• You will learn about the financial aspects of caregiving, including the importance of having obtained power-of-attorney for your loved one…and a health care proxy.
• The right way to hire in-home help
• Healthy eating for seniors, and…
• Specific training in caregiver classes will focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia issues, and the special challenges that a caregiver will face when dealing with someone who is afflicted with one of these diseases.
This certainly isn’t an all-inclusive list, here are a few ideas where you can find these types of classes locally…
• Your Local Office of the Aging
• A local hospital
• A local nursing home
• A local branch of the Red Cross
Reach out to these groups in your area and see if they are conducting classes or know of an organization that is conducting classes.
How Much Do These Classes Cost?
That’s the good news. These classes don’t cost much and could be for free. It depends upon which organization is doing the classes and how much is being taught. But t is reasonable to see a fee of around $10, so you can get access to this information without breaking the bank.