Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Family LifeCare hosting empowering series

Posted: Friday, May 19, 2017

As part of Family LifeCare’s 20th anniversary celebration, they are hosting a series to help empower caregivers in the surrounding communities. Throughout 2017 they presented four major topics. All presentations are free and open to the community and will be held at 6 p.m.

At Bluffton Regional Medical Center, 303 S. Main Street, 4th floor in the Conference Rooms 401 and 402, Bluffton. June 14: Janelle Ohlemiller, social worker, will present “How Do I Talk about What I Want … Let Alone What They Want.” September 12: Jesse Hawbaker, registered nurse, will present “Caregiving: Nuts and Bolts of Caring for My Loved One.” November 14: Tiffany Burden, social worker, will present “My Friend Died, Now What Do I Say and Do.”

At Marion Rehabilitation & Assisted Living, 614 W. 14th Street in the Community Room, Marion. June 7: Janelle Ohlemiller, social worker, will present “How Do I Talk about What I Want … Let Alone What They Want.” September 19: Paula Luttrell, registered nurse, will present “Caregiving: Nuts and Bolts of Caring for My Loved One.” November 7: Jeff Luttrell, bereavement specialist, will present “My Friend Died, Now What Do I Say and Do?”

Family LifeCare recognizes the accomplishments and importance that caregivers make in our communities. They want to help those with the role of caregiver and to be a resource. There are nearly 44 million family caregivers in the United States and 60% are females. Eight in ten are taking care of one person (82%). On average, they are 49 years old. A large majority of caregiver’s provide care for a relative (85%) with 49% caring for a parent or parent-in-law. One in ten is caring for a spouse.

Caregivers typically assist with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as running errands, fixing meals, or bathing and they usually conduct medical or nursing tasks such as wound care or managing medications for their loved one. Throughout the month of November, Family LifeCare will be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.