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  • Lake Regional hosts seminar, support group for caregivers

  • Caring for a loved one with a chronic condition can be a daunting task, but Lake Regional Health System is offering a helping hand.
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  • Caring for a loved one with a chronic condition can be a daunting task, but Lake Regional Health System is offering a helping hand. 
     Lake Regional will host the free seminar, “How to Care for Loved Ones at Home,” from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the hospital’s third floor conference rooms. Lunch will be provided. 
    “More than 65 million family members currently care for a loved one at home,” said Billye Bennett, R.N., Lake Regional community education coordinator. “This free program offers important information to help them in this vital health care role.”
     How to Care for Loved Ones at Home will be presented by Lake Regional staff from the dietitian, social work, home health and physical therapy departments. Topics will include medication; home and oxygen safety; meal preparation; healthy eating; personal care; lifting and transferring techniques; community resources; infection control; and infusion therapy.
     In addition, caregivers will learn to manage legal and financial issues, as well as difficult behaviors of dementia patients. Coping with stress, depression and loss also will be discussed.
     “It’s important that caregivers remember to take care of themselves,” said Jamie Wilson, LMSW, director of Social Work Services at Lake Regional. “If they fail to take care of themselves while caring for a loved one, both parties can feel the effects. Not only is it necessary, it’s one of the most beneficial things a caregiver can do for their loved one.”
     Registration is required. Visit lakeregional.com/events to register, or call 573-348-8222 for more information.
     In addition to the seminar, Lake Regional offers a monthly support group for area residents who are caring for loved ones at home. The Caregivers Support Group meets at 3 p.m. the last Thursday of each month in the Resource Room at Lake Regional Cancer Center in Osage Beach.
     The meetings offer caregivers an opportunity to meet with others who are experiencing similar circumstances and provide information on available resources and other topics of interest. For more information, call 573-302-2240.  

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