Staying Alive: How To Be an Effective Caregiver
Spalding University, 851 S. Fourth St., Louisville, KY 40203, (502) 588-7197
You’re a caregiver for an elderly loved one, but you don’t feel you have all the information you need, and the strain is getting to you. Where do you turn for help?
Caregivers themselves need training and support, and a program in Louisville is designed to meet their needs while improving the health of the frail elderly who live at home.
The program, Staying Alive: How To Be an Effective Caregiver, offers seminars to caregivers on a variety of topics, at both community and workplace locations. The goals are to reduce the mental and physical strain of caregiving as well as to prevent falls among the frail elderly and help them live safely in their own homes.
Staying Alive was created through a partnership between Spalding University and GuardiaCare Services, an elder-care agency in Louisville.
The community seminars, held once a week for four weeks, are free of charge. The corporate caregiver seminars, also free, are available to workplaces.
Another feature of Staying Alive is the in-home environmental assessment. Staying Alive educators come into the home and offer suggestions to make it a safer place for the elderly loved one, such as adding grab bars in a shower or removing throw rugs. They also inform caregivers about community resources and ways to reduce caregiver stress.
Experts say that unpaid caregivers provide more than 80 percent of home care services. Caregivers who attend the workshops gain knowledge and some peace of mind. And that, in turn, benefits their loved ones who wish to grow old at home in their communities.