Family caregivers offered free seminars
Legal issues, respite care discussed
(Silverdale, WA) – November is Family Caregiver Month and in honor of this, Kitsap County’s Aging and Long-Term Care Family Caregiver Support Program is hosting free seminars for unpaid family and volunteer caregivers from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10 at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel, 3073 NW Bucklin Hill Road.
“Without family caregivers, many in our community wouldn’t be able to afford to ‘age in place’ or successfully play the cards that life might deal us,” said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder. “I’ve witnessed the vital, yet challenging role of the caregiver in my own family. I would encourage everyone to take the time to learn from the programs offered, but most importantly to take care of themselves in the process.”
The 2015 Family Caregiver seminars support the theme of this year’s Family Caregiver Month, “Respite: Caring for Caregivers.” Seminars will include:
- Legal Issues Related to Caregiving, presented by
attorney Sara Humphries;
- Self-Care for Caregivers, presented by Robin O’Grady; and
- Medication Management, with pharmacist Dan Smart.
When trying to juggle multiple roles, caregivers may put
aside tending to their own well-being and health needs, resulting in
increased stress, health problems, depression, and feelings of anger and
anxiety about their situation. Attending this year’s free Family Caregiver
seminars offers unpaid caregivers the opportunity to increase their
resilience in these areas, network with other caregivers, and gain relevant
information and knowledge of local resources from industry professionals in
The state of Washington estimates that more than 800,000
people provide care for another adult. A caregiver’s role may have developed
slowly or suddenly and can be physically and emotionally demanding.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for the seminars and
complimentary refreshments will be served. Professional caregivers may also
attend for a $15 fee. Registration is required for all who wish to attend.
Call (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418. Individuals who may require special
accommodations should contact Vicki Hanson at (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418
or TDD (360) 307-4280. One week advance notice is needed for interpreter
Located in Silverdale, the Kitsap County Family Caregiver
Support Center offers free services to caregivers. Compassionate, trained
staff are available to listen and help with unique scenarios.
Additionally, the center provides a library of materials and free
personalized consultation with a professional and caring case manager for
practical information and ongoing support.
Kitsap County residents 18 years of age or older who
provide unpaid care for an adult with functional disabilities is eligible to
utilize services. To learn more, call (360) 337-5700, (800) 562-6418, or stop by the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way. Drop-in hours are Monday through Wednesday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or by appointment.