Hope Hospice is offering its Family Caregiver Education Series at no cost to residents in the Tri-Valley and East Bay communities. The 14-class series covers a variety of topics and provides training, education, support, and caregiver resources relevant to family caregivers. Individuals anticipating becoming family caregivers in the future are also encouraged to participate.

Classes take place at the Hope Hospice office: 6377 Clark Avenue, Suite 100, Dublin CA 94568. Free parking available on-site.


Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Essential Skills for the Family Caregiver - Caregivers will be trained in basic skills such as wound care, operating medical equipment, bathing, toileting, and transferring, understanding medical terminology and implementing personal and home safety measures. Pre-register with Debbie Emerson, debbiee@hopehospice.com or (925) 829-8770.

Monday, July 29, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Living With Dementia: Behavior as Communication - This class will help caregivers learn new ways to understand and communicate with their loved one. Please pre-register with Jill Smith, RN, at jills@hopehospice.com or (925) 829-8770.

Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.: Understanding Advanced Illness - This session looks at a variety of illnesses and provides guidance in determining when curative care may become palliative (comfort) care. Caregivers will receive useful information and guidance about the most prevalent co-existing medical conditions among the elderly and chronically ill. Pre-register with Debbie Emerson, at debbiee@hopehospice.com or (925) 829-8770.

Monday, August 26, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Living With Dementia: Person-Centered Care and Enhancing Well-Being - In this class caregivers will learn how person-centered care and a focus on the components of well-being can contribute to the personal identity and overall health of both the family caregiver and the individual living with dementia. Pre-register with Jill Smith, RN, at jills@hopehospice.com or (925) 829-8770.