"The Educated Caregiver" -- Continuum Care's Caregiver Training Program

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 5:53 AM by Unknown user ]

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Continuum Care, Inc. periodically conducts caregiver classes on St. Croix & St. Thomas entitled "The Educated Caregiver."  This program offers a wealth of information, strategies and support for those caring for a loved one.

Providing care for a love one is one of the toughest jobs you ever have done.  As a caregiver, you not only deal with an exhausting physical routine but a difficult emotional burden, too.  You probably often feel alone, not sure where to turn for support or for practical knowledge you need. 


The Educated Caregiver program can ease the burdens that you face and help you provide quality care for your loved ones.   You can learn vital skills step by step and gain critical knowledge from our healthcare professionals. 

Just as important, you can hear valuable advice, insights and coping strategies from other caregivers,  the people who best understand what you are going through.


Training Program Topics



Coping Skills

  • Coping with the emotional challenges of caregiving.
  • Gaining control over a demanding daily routine.
  • Dealing with the natural feelings of helplessness, anger, resentment and guilt.
  • Averting compassion fatigue.
  • Strategies to cut stress.
  • Taking care of yourself so you will be able to care for a loved one.

Hands-On Skills

  • Hygiene, bathing, mouth & nail care.
  • Observing for warning signs of medical problems.
  • Patient transfer techniques.
  • Dressing, eating, walking and getting around.
  • Home safety.

Essential Knowledge

  • Understanding Insurance.
  • Communicating effectively with healthcare providers.
  • Giving and monitoring medicines and understanding drug interactions.
  • Preventing infections.
  • Skin Care: Preventing pressure ulcers (bed sores) and providing wound care.
  • Proper nutrition.

Become a Hospice VolunteerVWhy should I consider being a hospice volunteer?  Because 

Hospice volunteers do important and rewarding work! Patients and their families depend on hospice care. No one else provides the kind of services hospice does. By attending to the needs of both patients and their loved ones, hospice care can be a huge comfort for the entire family.

Hospices depend on volunteers. Without the efforts of volunteers, hospices could not continue their important work. Volunteers are the backbone of the hospice team. They allow hospice to provide services it otherwise could not offer. In addition, volunteers usually:

  • Form close bonds with patients and family members. Patients often tell volunteers things they can't tell their loved ones.
  • Help people communicate by encouraging each person to say what he or she needs to say. Volunteers help open the way for people to talk honestly.
  • Grieve with the family once the patient dies. Seeing the family all the way through the death is part of the volunteer's role.

Hospice volunteers are special people. One thing all hospice volunteers have in common is a true desire to help. It is important for volunteers to be:

  • Caring -Volunteers focus on needs of patients and family members and how to best meet them.
  • Emotional maturity - Working as a hospice volunteer can be an intense experience. Volunteers must be emotionally up to the task.
  • Comfortable talking about death and dying - Hospice workers approach death and dying in an open, direct and practical way. This can help others face the emotional, spiritual and financial preparations they need to make.
  • Committed - Volunteers are as dedicated to their work as other healthcare professionals.

 Volunteers get plenty of help from their hospice staff.