Sunday, November 19th, 2017

Family LifeCare to host series for caregivers

Posted: Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

The series will be held at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center, 303 S. Main Street, 4th floor Conference Rooms 401 and 402, Bluffton. In the April 11 session, Dr. Bernie Wiebe, Medical Director, will present Facts versus Myths of Hospice. On 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 and November 14, Tiffany Burden, Social Worker, will present My Friend Died, Now What Do I Say and Do?

The series will also be held at the Marion Rehabilitation & Assisted Living, Community Room, 614 W. 14th Street, Marion. May 3 will feature Deb Fiechter, Nurse Practitioner, will present Facts versus Myths of Hospice. 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 and 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 communities. They want to help those with the role of caregiver and to be their resource. There are nearly 44 million family caregivers in the United States and the majority are females (60%). Eight in ten are taking care of one person (82%). On average, they are 49 years old. A large majority of caregivers’ 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.

More information about home health, hospice, palliative care, children’s services and caregiving resources is available by contacting Family LifeCare at (800) 355-2817. If you plan to attend any or all of the series, an RSVP is appreciated, but not required. Family LifeCare provides services in Adams, Allen, Blackford, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Randolph, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties. Visit Family LifeCare at www.familylifecarein.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FamilyLifeCare.