Caregivers are those who care for others who can’t care for themselves or need assistance to carry out everyday tasks. Those who help someone with medications, attend doctor appointments with another person, assist with grocery shopping, laundry or other household chores or provide care for someone in that person’s home or their own are caregivers.

The job of care giving, while a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor, can be filled with stress and requires an incredible amount of patience and understanding.

ACE of Southwest Minnesota – Redwood County and Garnette Gardens Senior Living Community in Redwood Falls are partnering to offer “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a program designed to provide caregivers the tools they need to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Classes will be held at Garnette Gardens Tuesdays at 4 p.m. beginning March 6.

This class is a six week series that will meet for 90 minutes each week.

Pre-registration is required, so materials can be prepared. Call Karen Christensen, ACE of Southwest Minnesota – Redwood County at (507) 627-1016 by March 2 to register. Classes are open to the public, and all caregivers are welcome.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes help family caregivers acquire “tools” to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, increase their ability to make tough decisions, balance their life as a caregiver, deal with difficult emotions and locate helpful resources.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a program those who attend can count on to make a positive difference in their lives. It emphasizes that the focus is on you.

Past participants of the“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” class give praise saying, “there is a common bond. We are all dealing with the same issues. We shared stories and learned ways to cope.”

Participants will receive a book, “The Caregiver Handbook,” developed specifically for the class. If you care to keep the book, a donation of $25 to help defray the cost of the book is suggested, but not required to attend the class.

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