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Hospice offers caregivers help

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 10:26 a.m. CDT

If you regularly take time to help a loved one with errands, personal care, living arrangements, financial and legal concerns or activities, you are a caregiver. Caregiving can be stressful, physically, emotionally and financially.

DeKalb County Hospice is sponsoring a six-week class, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” Classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 2 through Nov. 6, at the DeKalb County Hospice office in DeKalb.

Caregivers will learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings and locate helpful resources. Attendees also learn how to increase their ability to make tough decisions and balance their lives.

The 90-minute sessions are designed to be helpful for caregivers with limited time. There is no cost for class participation. Each participant receives a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook.

For more information or to register, contact Helen Maurer, L.C.S.W. or Val Heintz at  815-756-3000. Class size is limited and registration is required.

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