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Georgia institute to begin "Dealing with Dementia" training

July 11, 2018
by I Advance Senior Care
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Caregivers of people with dementia have access to training that makes life a little easier thanks to a new program offered through Big Bend Hospice Inc.

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving in Americus, Georgia, has selected Big Bend Hospice to offer “Dealing with Dementia: A Caregiver’s Guide.” The partnership will provide workshops and guidebooks for free to about 240 caregivers in the Big Bend, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

As the number of people with dementia increases, the need for caregiver support is urgent. Caregivers who participate in the program will gain understanding of dementia and learn strategies for managing problems including caregiver burnout and stress.

“We know that many of our patients and families deal with the impacts of dementia,” said William E. Wertman, chief operating officer for Big Bend Hospice. “We are grateful for this opportunity to partner with the RCI to provide evidence-based training that will improve quality of life for both caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia.”

The program operates with a train-the-trainer model. Gayle Alston, director of the RCI Training Center for Excellence, trained six local instructors who will each offer workshops for up to 40 caregivers. Caregivers who complete a four-hour class will receive a copy of a 350-page, well-indexed guidebook filled with suggested solutions to the problems they face.

Caregivers who have received the training report a significant increase in their confidence and ability to care for their loved ones.

Read the full story at the Tallahassee Democrat.