Caregiver Academy

Elaine Whitford News

The Caregiver Academy features Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This self-care education program for family caregivers provides you with tools and strategies to better handle the unique caregiver challenges you face.

The Caregiver Academy begins on Wednesday January 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs for the next 5 Wednesdays at that same time. The sessions are held at the Wake County Southern Regional Center located at 130 N. Judd Pkwy, NE in Fuquay Varina. For more information or to register, contact Renee Myatt or call 919-460-0567.

About the Caregiver Academy

Classes are conducted by professionals from The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, Aware Senior Care and Resources for Seniors. There is no fee for the Academy; however, a donation is welcomed to cover the cost of the $25 handbook.

The only requirement for registration is a commitment to care for yourself and attend each session.

The Caregiver Academy consists of six 90-minute sessions of practical training.

The series is designed to empower family caregivers of adults with chronic conditions to take better care of themselves. The “tools” learned benefit caregivers by helping them reduce stress, improve caregiving confidence, establish balance in their lives, communicate their needs, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Praise for the Caregiver Academy

Participants in the Caregiver Academy develop a common bond though shared stories.

  • “This was a safe environment to share my experience and learn from others.”
  • “It brings people together and boosts me-ism and the importance of recognizing it.”
  • “Meeting other caregivers was very helpful and reassuring.”

After being in the program, participants feel more confident as caregivers and have the tools to resolve problems that occur.

  • “I feel like I am able to manage frustrations better.”
  • “The diversity of tools/approaches helps the non-professional caregiver.”

About Powerful Tools for Caregivers

The curriculum, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is an award winning educational program that provides caregivers with tools and strategies to better cope with their unique challenges.

In 2012 the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program was deemed to have met the highest-level criteria of evidence-based disease prevention and health promotion programs by the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging.