Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Hospice to host workshop for family caregivers

LAKEPORT, Calif. — Hospice Services of Lake County recognizes that caring for a loved one with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other neurocognitive disorder forever changes the lives of families and caregivers.

There can be devastating effects on those providing long-term care, from financial pressures and legal quandaries to health problems and emotional turmoil.

A free, two-part workshop designed for caregivers is slated for Saturdays, April 30 and May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 1862 Parallel Drive.

Lunch will be provided for participants, and arrangements for respite care may be available with advance notice.

This workshop is intended to provide a supportive educational opportunity to help participants increase their understanding of caregiving and to feel less isolated by increasing awareness of resources and widening their support systems.

In this two-part series, individuals who care for persons with dementia and other neurocognitive disorders will be given tools to increase their abilities to understand the challenging dementia-related behaviors, to communicate and remain “connected” with the family members they are caring for, and to understand common causes for resistance to allowing caregivers to provide personal care.

Workshop instructor Alexis Glidewell, LCSW, will help participants explore feelings of denial and guilt and will offer tools for handling frustration that may occur for the 24/7 caregiver.

She will offer suggestions for self-care activities and encourage participants to share their own successful tools for maintaining energy and compassion while providing care for a loved one or special client.

Glidewell, a member of the Geriatric Medicine Clinic in Santa Rosa, is associated with the Redwood Caregivers Resource Center, sharing her expertise in teaching classes and facilitating workshops and support groups.

For more information about the workshop and to register, call 707-263-6222, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hospice Services of Lake County’s mission is to support people by providing the highest quality medical, emotional and spiritual care that helps patients and their families who are navigating the end-of-life journey. For more information, call Hospice Services of Lake County, 707-263-6222. Find us on Facebook or visit the organization’s website at www.lakecountyhospice.org.

Janine Smith-Citron is development director for Hospice Services of Lake County.

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