Hospice of San Juan offers free training for new volunteers and paid caregivers on the first three Saturdays of October (the 6th, 13th and 20th).
Over the three days they provide hands-on training and instruction on a wide variety of situations frequently encountered when providing care to homebound people: handling dementia-related behavior, meeting nutritional challenges, navigating family communication, caring for fragile skin and bodies, protecting your own body when caring for bed-bound persons, when to call 911 and how to provide CPR, being mindful of healthy boundaries and aware of ethical approaches to uncertain situations. A full list of course topics and faculty may be found on their website http://hospiceofsanjuan.org/caregiver-resources.html
Hospice of San Juan’s primary mission is respectful care of those facing life-limiting illness; one of their five service areas is providing respite to caregivers. In order to provide the best respite care possible, they train all their volunteers and now offer this opportunity to primary caregivers. Thanks to funding from The Mary See Foundation and San Juan Island Community Foundation, they are able to provide training targeted toward hospice volunteers and community caregivers at no charge to participants. Everyone completing the three days of training will receive a Certificate of Completion that is honored by the Mullis Community Senior Center as well as Village at the Harbour.
Pre-registration is open now. Training is free of charge, and lunch is included. Space is limited so fill out your pre-registration (available on their website http://hospiceofsanjuan.org/caregiver-resources.html) ASAP!