Taking on the role of caregiver can bring uncertainties and questions. It can also leave caregivers feeling as if they have more things than they can handle and no time for themselves. This is why Home Hospice of Grayson County is hosting a class for caregivers tending to a loved one with a critical illness or disability.

Taking on the role of caregiver can bring uncertainties and questions. It can also leave caregivers feeling as if they have more things than they can handle and no time for themselves. This is why Home Hospice of Grayson County is hosting a class for caregivers tending to a loved one with a critical illness or disability.


"We want caregivers to realize that there are people who understand the difficulties of being in that role," said Home Hospice social worker, Valerie Hardenburg, LMSW. "We are here to support them."


The caregiver class will be offered on four consecutive Wednesdays — April 9, 16, 23 and 30 — from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampton Inn in Sherman. A light lunch will be served and space is limited, so registration is needed by this Friday.


The goal of the class is to help caregivers know what to expect and to reduce their fears and uncertainties. Attendees will hear from professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains, and they will have the chance to learn about a wide range of topics including physical care, care of the caregiver, emotional and spiritual concerns, questions to ask your physician, and more.


"The thing that caregivers are most frightened of is the unknown," said Dr. Ronald Van Buskirk, medical director of Home Hospice. "They long to be prepared for what is going to happen. The more information, guidance and support we can give them, the less anxiety and stress they will be burdened with in their role as a caregiver. From this class, caregivers will be better prepared for change, they will be better prepared to have conversations with their loved one about care, needs, finances and legal options, and they will be better prepared to care for themselves. But the biggest thing they can gain from this class is knowing that they are understood and supported. They are not alone."


This program is free to anyone in the community even if he or she doesn’t a loved one on hospice. To register or for more information, call Home Hospice at 903-868-9315. More information and more support for caregivers is also available at www.homehospice.org.


Home Hospice is a non-profit organization was founded in 1982. It is dedicated to providing education, programs, services and care to ease physical, emotional and spiritual symptoms at end-of-life for patients, families, and caregivers, regardless of ability to pay, as well as anyone in the community who is grieving.