Caregiving At Home

Professional Development

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Meramec

Caregivers — sometimes referred to as informal caregivers — are unpaid individuals who help assist others with daily living and/or medical tasks. Oftentimes, caregivers are a spouse, partner, family member, friend or neighbor. The work is important and often not easy. You’re not alone. Join our experts and fellow attendees who, like you, are considering the tasks of caregiving. Held at our Meramec campus, this series covers a range of helpful topics to support you and, ultimately, those for whom you care.

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Legal Matters Affecting Seniors and Disabled Persons

Paying for long term care is a problem facing a lot of senior citizens and disabled adults. This course will cover the benefits available through the Veterans Administration (for veterans and their spouses). Learn about eligibility requirements as well as techniques and strategies to become eligible. Class is designed for seniors who are facing such costs, or worrying about the future costs, as well as, family members who are providing care for their parents. Taught by an elder care and accredited VA attorney.
AHCE:701 | $25 | Age 60+: $25
F03 | M 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Amen, Gantner and Capriano, Attorneys at Law | Sept. 17 | MC - CE Classroom

Which is Best: Care in the Home or in a Facility?

The need for caregiving in the home may occur suddenly with an illness or injury or, as with chronic illness or frailty due to aging, it may develop over a period of time. There are a variety of factors to be considered when the need for caregiving arises. This session will explore and compare home- and facility-based options when individuals need increased assistance with everyday tasks. There will be a discussion as to the range of services provided through home care agencies, including non-medical support such as housekeeping, shopping and errands, bathing and personal care, medical services such as physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and wound care. We will explore community services such as adult day care and respite care that may be beneficial to caregivers who wish to continue providing care for their loved one in the community. There will be a discussion about the different levels of facility-based care, including skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care.
AHCE:701 | $25 | Age 60+: $25
F01 | M 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Chien Y. Hung, MSW, MA-G | Sept. 24 | MC - CE Classroom

Medications and Pain Management

Nearly 75% of Americans do not take their medications as prescribed. Attend this session to learn eight ways to improve medication adherence; develop an organized medication system for the home setting; identify measures that will prevent medication-related problems; and learn key points of pain management.
AHCE:701 | $25 | Age 60+: $25
F02 | M 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Catherine Kush, DNP GNP-BC | Oct. 1 | MC - CE Classroom

Medicare: The Basics

This evening's class will focus on Medicare, the federal health care program for those 65 years and older. Join us for a discussion on Medicare Part A and B, Medicare Part D (Prescription Drugs), Medicare Supplements and Medicare Advantage Plans.
AHCE:701 | $25 | Age 60+: $25
F04 | M 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Beverly Williams MBA RN | Oct. 15 | MC - SO, 105
NOTE: Course moved to MC-SO, 105.

Caregiving and Dementia: Understanding Difficult Behaviors

Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as their ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn how to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer's disease.
AHCE:701 | $25 | Age 60+: $25
F07 | M 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Alzheimer's Association | Nov. 5 | MC - BA, 116

Do No Harm: Proper Body Mechanics

How do you safely move a senior in bed, transfer, and assist with walking? Learn the proper body mechanics that will assure the safety of the person being assisted and the caregiver. Please wear flat shoes and slacks for this session.
AHCE:701 | $35 | Age 60+: $24.25
F05 | Tu 6 p.m.-9 p.m. | Paula Herries AAS PTA | Oct. 23 | MC - AS, 104A

Caregiving Resources

Of the nearly 44 million family caregivers in the United States, many are often over-burdened and under-informed. Both the caregiver and care-receiver will benefit by having access to quality resources that will support them in their respective roles. Learn valuable information about the basics of caregiving as well as helpful resources and tips for navigating your role as a family caregiver.
AHCE:701 | $25 | Age 60+: $25
F06 | M 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. | Aging Ahead | Oct. 29 | MC - CE Classroom

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