New educational program on personal care offered to caregivers: “Powerful tools for caregivers” | Best Stories

(WAND) – Sarah Bush Lincoln offers a new self-care educational program, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.”

The six-week program will focus on developing and creating skills that will enable caregivers to take better care of themselves when providing care to others.

Caregivers often feel physically, emotionally and financially drained when caring for a loved one with a chronic illness. They may feel like they have lost their identity or are ill-equipped to help loved ones.

“This is not a support group – this is a training course on how not to get lost while caring for someone with a chronic illness. We teach participants coping mechanisms , methods of communication, and identifying certain traits in themselves and their caregiver,” Andrea Applegate, class leader, said.

The first class session takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays from August 3 to September 7, in the SBL Diagnostic Imaging conference room at the Health Center.

Participants must enter through Entrance A.

The second class session meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays from November 2 to December 7 at the same location.

The course helps family caregivers reduce personal stress, improve self-confidence, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family and health care or service providers, communicate effectively in situations difficult, recognize the messages in their emotions, manage difficult feelings and make difficult care decisions.

“You can think of it as two hours to reflect on yourself. And you can use these tools to try to bring some normalcy back into your life,” Applegate said.

Participants will receive the book, “The Caregivers Helpbook”, developed specifically for the class.

Class size is limited.

Please call 217-238-4524 to reserve your spot or register online at

Face masks are mandatory for community safety.

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