15 local professionals have been recently certified as class leaders for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” (PTC). PTC is a nationally recognized evidence-based program.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend who has a chronic illness. They will benefit from the class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, or friend who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.
This class series meets once a week for six weeks and will be led by certified class leaders.
In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers, communicate more effectively in challenging situations, recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings, and make tough caregiving decisions. Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class.