Family Caregiver Workshops are designed to increase family members’ knowledge of basic care-giving topics and to introduce them to basic skills needed to care for an older or disabled individual in the home.

Two family caregiver workshops are scheduled at the Center for Caregiver Excellence, 2180 N. Main St., Belton.

The first workshop will be 1-5 p.m. March 10-12., the second is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 10-12.

Time is allotted for lecture, hands-on demonstrations and individual questions. Information on caregiver resources is provided.

“Training is important for many reasons, but the most important is that it helps ensure a safe care environment for everyone involved,” program director Thom Wilson said.

Providing care for a person without proper training can result in injury not only to the provider but also to the person receiving care. The program presents an overview of information on care-giving for anyone helping to provide unpaid care for an older adult at home.

Topics include: Body mechanics, transferring, mobility, infection control, skin care, incontinence management, nutrition, range of motion, wheelchair use, caregiver stress, home safety, bathing and dressing.

Many treatable conditions can go unnoticed if the care provider is not properly trained to report changes in condition.

“This session is really basic training,” Wilson said.

A second workshop — Caring for the Person with Dementia — will be offered in May and July.

Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. Without proper understanding of the disease, it is very easy for family members to give way to feelings of frustration, which often leads to burnout.

The workshops will be 1-5 p.m. May 5-7 and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 8-10.

The goal of the program is to equip family caregivers with the knowledge and information they need to assist a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory disorders.

Topics will include: communication, understanding behavior, activities, caregiver stress, home safety, personal care issues, nutrition, skin care, incontinence management, body mechanics, activities of daily living and local resources and reference materials.

Both of the workshops were developed by Schmieding Center, which is a community-based center for healthy living in the second half of life.

Loans are available to help individuals complete Schmieding training. The funding came from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

A certificate of completion is given at the end of the course.

Tuition is $35 and includes one caregiver manual and allows two participants to attend the training.

For information, call Area Agency on Aging Central Texas at 1-800-447-7169, Ext. 2330, or 254-770-2342.

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