Feeling Stretched as a Caregiver?

Submitted by Heritage Living

 On October 16, 2014, Heritage Living at the Mall (next to JCPenney) presented the first session of Powerful Tools for Caregivers.  Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is an educational series designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself.  There is still time to join this valuable course.

As someone approaches advanced age, or finds him- or herself with a debilitating affliction, the need for intense care becomes necessary.  Most often, it is the family or close friends of those needing care who step in to help.  These people are known as caregivers.  In order for those to receive the care needed, the caregiver must also be in good physical and mental health to help.  This is where Powerful Tools for Caregiving comes into play.  This program seeks to educate caregivers about how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate well, balance life responsibilities, increase decision-making abilities, and locate resources.

A recent attendee of the course states, “About the time the class began, I was about at wit’s end.  The communication tools will work toward maintaining a better atmosphere and contribute to improved attitudes for both of us…it will never be easy, but it is easier than it was six weeks ago!”

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week.  Three experienced Class Leaders are conducting the current series.  Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

Classes will be held at Heritage Living at the Mall from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  Sessions are held every Thursday.  Please join us next week.  For more information or to register, please contact Melissa McKotch at (716) 763-5608 or MMcKotch@heritage1886.org.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” is being presented by Heritage Ministries with support from The Office for the Aging and the Chautauqua County Health Network.  Heritage Living at the mall is serving the community by providing an easy-access location for area seniors, and their families, to get answers to questions about a senior’s evolving needs.  Heritage Living is open weekdays 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.  Anyone looking for more information about the programming available at Heritage Living should call (716) 763-5608.