CarePartners held a Caregiver Conference for the first time in Waco, Texas, providing free skill-building, educational workshops and bringing community resources together for more than 50 caregivers.
The conference, in partnership with First Methodist Waco, Austin Avenue Campus, was held on September 21, 2019 and featured four different educational workshops: The Health of the Caregiver; Wills, Trusts and Benefits Available to Pay for Nursing Home Care; Healthy Brain, Healthy Body and Where is the Grief Process in Caregiving?
“I have been amazed with the friendships and the bonds that build so quickly with our guests, our partners, everyone that’s involved,” said CarePartners Volunteer Judy Grimes.
Grimes has been volunteering with CarePartners at the Gathering Place in Waco since it’s creation back in 2016.
“It’s hard to get information out to the right people, it really is, and you think you’re doing everything you can and then you have a conference like this and we look at all the tables that are there with different people that can help you,” Grimes said.
Those attending the conference also had the opportunity to connect with local resources by browsing our fourteen different exhibitors: Arbor House Assisted Living and Memory Care; Rainey and Rainey, Elder Law Attorneys; Johnson, Hobbs, Squires LLP; Living Springs Village Memory Care; Right at Home in Home Care and Assistance; Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services; Home Instead Senior Care; Alzheimer’s Association; HHSC Foster Grandparent Program; Interim HealthCare; Friends for Life; Area Agency on Aging; Gathering Place at First Methodist, Downtown and CarePartners.
Grimes believes conferences like this help create bonds and friendships between caregivers and having support from someone who is going through a similar situation can really make a difference in someone’s life.
“I think that anything that can help them know that they aren’t alone will help them through this process, because a lot of the time they feel beat down and then they find out they aren’t the only person going through it,” Grimes said.
In 2018, CarePartners held nine different Educational Events serving 1,570 people. This conference was one step closer to our goal of doubling the impact of our Educational Events in 2019.
“When the caregivers come, they experience a bond with others that [shows them] no they’re not alone, they are part of a bigger group of people who are sharing similar experiences and I think they feel empowered to move through their next time period in their caregiver journey,” said CarePartners Coordinator Karen Pettit.