Caregiver Education: Who Needs It, Where to Get It

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 07 March 2013

There are options -- whether you need encouragement, enrichment or education as a caregiver. Find out about a few in this post. All caregivers — at home, in assisted living, in a community — could benefit from ongoing education, training, and support. They could all learn something from programs that teach different approaches to care, strategies for difficult situations, and helpful tools for everyday use.

Since growth, change and adaptation are inevitable aspects of the caregiving journey, continued learning will complement that part of it. But caregiving classes in a formal school-like setting, though available, is probably not a realistic option for most caregivers. Caregivers need opportunities to learn on their own terms, in a time frame and location convenient to their caregiving schedule (which for many is 24-7).

There are options — whether you need encouragement, enrichment or education as a caregiver.

Emeritus Senior Living has an excellent online video library, including information on how to pay for senior living, how to communicate with a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia, understanding senior living options, and many others. Access the full video collection here.

Another option: our bi-monthly #ElderCareChat on Twitter. This real-time conversation happens on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1pm ET. Participants come from all walks of life, but are primarily comprised of senior living professionals, advocates, family caregivers, and others interested in quality elder care. For those who cannot attend at the scheduled time, a full transcript of the discussion is always available the day following, and a recap post is shared on our blog on the Friday following. Learn more here.

Talk back: How and where did you find the caregiving resources you needed?


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