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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Caring for a family member or a loved one can be challenging. As a family caregiver, you may experience increased stress and often feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities. Your VNA offers education and support designed to help you become more comfortable in your role as a family caregiver.

Theresa and Gary Payea

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week program designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care for themselves. The "tools" benefit caregivers by helping to:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a national evidence-based education program taught in more than 30 states. Caregivers who have already completed the class agree that they have improved self-care behaviors, better manage their emotions, and use community resources more effectively.

Classes are led by VNA staff certified as Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leaders. Your VNA class leader also brings with them their experience and expertise in caring for persons in the home.

Class Leaders:

Carrie Shamel, MSW, VNA Social Worker, Long Term Care
Laura Murphy, CVAA Community Program Coordinator

Class Information:

Wednesdays, September 16-October 21,2015
5:30 - 7:00 pm
at VNA Adult Day at Grand Way Commons
412 Farrell St., South Burlington

Contact Linda LeCompte at 802 658-1900ext. 3903 or lecompte@vnacares.org for more information on available classes. A donation of $30 will help defray costs. A donation is not required to attend.

Start the Conversation Facilitator Training

The VNA is looking for volunteer community facilitators for Start the Conversation, a program of the VNA and our sister home health and hospice agencies in Vermont. The goal of the program is to increase public awareness of end-of-life care, encourage conversations about end-of-life goals, and support advance care planning. Facilitators lead group discussions to talk about options of care at the end of life, identify important issues to address now and provide tips and strategies for how to have these conversations.

To help us expand our reach and better meet the demand for this program, we are looking to increase the number of facilitators available to meet with small groups throughout our community.

There will be a free, in-depth facilitator training program beginning in September. The training will cover information about palliative and hospice care, advance care planning and specific Vermont laws related to rights at end-of-lfe and group facilitation and communication techniques.

As a participant in the program, you will:

Check back shortly for more upcoming dates for our Start the Conversation Facilitator Training.

Please consider becoming a volunteer community facilitator. To sign up or learn more about this facilitator training opportunity, please contact Karyn Carstensen at carstensen@vnacares.org or call Christine Werneke at 860-4436.

To learn more about Start the Conversation, please visit http://www.starttheconversationvt.org/.