Nurses offer caregiver workshops

Family caregivers provide untold millions of dollars in uncompensated care each year.  They make it possible for their loved ones who are ill to remain at home in comfortable and familiar surroundings and out of costly institutions. It is a bittersweet journey of love and commitment that often brings overwhelming challenges.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a series of four caregiver workshops this summer to help those who are caring for a family member or a loved one who is ill. The workshops will address the concerns of caregivers and the tremendous toll it takes on them — physically, emotionally and financially. The workshops will be held in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center at iPark, 761 Main Avenue, Norwalk. All will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.

  • Aug. 3  will focus on Basic Physical Care. Experts will address issues such as hygiene, nutrition, sleep and hydration.  

  • Aug. 10 will address issues of easing pain. Participants will learn about ways to help manage their loved one’s pain and provide them with comfort. This will include stress reduction, guided imagery, relaxation, massage, music and more.  

  • Aug. 17 will focus on caring for the caregiver. Family caregivers will learn how to take care of themselves so that they are able to continue caring for their loved ones. Topics to be discussed include respite care, nutrition, relaxation, exercise and getting adequate rest.  

  • Aug. 24 will address legal issues involved with caring for a loved one including advance directives, wills, power of attorney, obtaining assistance from federal and state agencies, and more.

The workshops are free and open to the public but space is limited and registration is encouraged.  To register for any or all of the four caregiver workshops, call 203-762-8958.