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Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties

Home Hospice Offers Education and Support to Caregivers

Taking on the role of caregiver can bring many uncertainties and questions. It can also leave caregivers feeling as if they have more things than they can handle and no time for themselves. This is why Home Hospice of Cooke County is hosting a class for caregivers tending to a loved one with a critical illness or disability.

"We want caregivers to realize that there are people who understand the difficulties of being in that role," said Home Hospice social worker, Valerie Hardenburg, LMSW. "We are here to support them."

The Caregiver Class will be offered on 4 consecutive Tuesdays starting July 23 and ending on August 13 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Muenster State Bank Community Room, 1601 Hwy 82 W., Gainesville, Texas.

The goal of the class is to help caregivers know what to expect as well as reduce their fears and uncertainties. Attendees will hear from professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, and they will have the chance to learn about a wide range of topics including physical care, care of the caregiver, emotional and spiritual concerns, questions to ask your physician, and more.

"The thing that caregivers are most frightened of is the unknown," said Dr. Ronald Van Buskirk, medical director of Home Hospice. "They long to be prepared for what is going to happen; the more information, guidance, and support we can give them, the less anxiety and stress they will be burdened with in their role as a caregiver."

"From this class, caregivers will be better prepared for change, they will be better prepared to have conversations with their loved one about care, needs, finances, and legal options, and they will be better prepared to care for themselves." said Hardenburg, "but the biggest thing they can gain from this class is knowing that they are understood and supported - they are not alone."

This program is funded by a grant from Cooke County United Way and is free to anyone in the community. You do not have to have a loved one on hospice to attend. In order to allow attendees the opportunity to learn in a small group setting and have their questions answered, space is limited. Call Home Hospice at 940-665-9891 to register or if you have any questions. You can find more information and more support for caregivers at www.homehospice.org.

Home Hospice is a non-profit organization, founded in 1982, dedicated to providing education, programs, services and quality care to ease physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms at end-of-life for patients, families, and caregivers regardless of ability to pay, as well as all in our communities who grieve.

July 5th 2013

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