Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Tip – Caregivers may use available resources for help and support.

Being a caregiver can be a wonderful blessing, as well as a tremendous challenge. It can give you a new perspective on life and help you to love others more fully. It also shows those you care for the love that still exists in the world. On the other hand, being a caregiver requires things that are difficult—like merging schedules, constantly putting someone else first, and dealing with their struggles, pains, and emotions, while keeping your own in check.

One of the services Packer Elder Care Law provides is to connect people who have a need to the resources that can help and support them. Thankfully, there are resources to go to for help, both online and in person. Many resources are free and have various time schedules. Some of these resources include joining a support group or taking a class to learn how to be a better caregiver and how to take care of yourself at the same time. These resources can teach you effective ideas such as teaming up with someone—like a family member or a friend—so that the time, energy, and responsibility in caring for someone is shared.

The Pocatello Area Agency on Aging is offering a class, free of charge, for anyone who would like to attend. The classes are held every Wednesday, starting January 24 — February 28, 2024. The same class is given twice a day – one from 2:00- 3:30pm, and one from 7:00-8:30pm. Here is a list of the classes that are being taught:

Jan 24
1. Taking Care of You

Jan 31
2. Identifying & Reducing Personal Stress

Feb 7
3. Communicating Feelings, Needs, & Concerns

Feb 14
4. Communicating in Challenging Situations

Feb 21
5. Learning from our Emotions

Feb 28
6. Mastering Caregiving Decisions

The classes are held virtually, via Zoom, and each class has handouts as well as a
Caregiver’s Help Book.

The class is sponsored by grants through the Area Agency on Aging and is taught by Ann Harrild and Jamie Ramsayer. For more information on the class and how to register, call or text Ann Harrild at 208-530-0844, or call the Pocatello Area Agency on Aging at 208-233-4032.

Here is a flyer on the classes being offered.

P.S. Disregard the incorrect year of 2023.

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Tom Packer is an Elder Law Attorney serving all Southeast Idaho. As part of his law practice, Tom offers Life Care Planning to deal with the challenges created by long-term illness, disability and incapacity. If you have a question about a Senior’s legal, financial or healthcare needs, please call us.

January 2024