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According to the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 65 million people, representing 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend, averaging 20 hours per week providing care. To assist with the many responsibilities and stresses associated with caregiving, Hospice & Community Care, founded as Hospice of Lancaster County, is offering a free one-day seminar for family caregivers: “Practical Caregiving” will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. in the Carroll Community Room at Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster.
Health care professionals, including Dr. Joan Harrold, Hospice & Community Care Medical Director, will present the program and provide education on community resources, medications, managing pain at home, planning care and setting goals and preventing injuries in the home. Registration is required and attendees can participate all day or attend just the morning or afternoon session. Contact Carol Vanden Berg at 735-2491 for information and to register.
This seminar is for any family caregiver in the community, including those whose loved ones are not hospice patients. Caregivers can be anyone caring for a loved one residing in a home, a nursing home or hospital, and the amount of care being provided can range from a few hours each week to around the clock.