It's taken me approximately two years but my "Christian Support for Caregiver" program has begun and I now have 9 congregations that will be participating. My goal was to establish 1+ caregivers within each congregation of our Church zone. These individuals will provide encouragement, prayer, guidance and needed resources for those who are caregivers within their congregations. Information for caregivers is out there but not always found by those in need. My goal is to have that information available or the ability to find the information within each congregation. Part of the training for the program was the attendance of the six lesson (1x/week) class called "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" which is a program that provides tools for reducing personal stress, tools for changing negative self-talk, tools for communicating your feelings and needs to others, tools for setting limits and asking for help, tools for dealing with emotions such as anger, guilt, and depression and tools for making tough caregiving decisions. The emphasis for the class is on the CAREGIVER and taking care of themselves so they can take care of their loved ones. Those interested in taking Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes can just google the name and should be able to find classes close to them. Also check with your local Extension Service to see if they are giving classes.
Just passed the one year milestone of my mother's death. It was harder that I thought it would be. Almost 20 years of battling Alzheimer's disease. She is now in God's care.