CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Caring for a loved one who is seriously ill can seem overwhelming with juggling medications, making stressful decisions, and wondering where to turn for advice or services.
"Care for the Caregiver," a free two-hour workshop, is designed to help. Offered at the PalliativeCare Center at the HospiceCare main office in Charleston, the event is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W.
The workshop will include tips on how to make caregiving easier and information on planning ahead to be prepared for a crisis. Attendees will receive a booklet that includes resources available in the community.
The Kanawha County workshop will be first of 15 to be scheduled throughout the state, thanks to funding by a $5,000 grant from West Virginia Partners for Elder Living.
"Here at HospiceCare, we realize there is a big movement toward palliative care for people who are seriously ill," said Vickie Powell, director of the PalliativeCare Center. "They need help for symptom management, but they are not ready for Hospice."
While hospice assistance is generally for the last six months of life, there are those who fight serious illness for years and they need assistance as well, she said.
The PalliativeCare Center in Charleston opened last October and is the first of its kind in the state, she said. The center focuses upon education and offers consultations whereby a nurse practitioner visits a family, reviews medications, and talks with a patient's attending physician.
"So far we have made 35 family visits and educated 400 people," Powell said.