William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Free Veteran Caregiver Classes at Madison and Rockford VA
January 18, 2019
Madison, WI — Due to popular demand, another set of “Caregiver Day Off Classes” will held at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA on January 25th as well as at their outpatient clinic in Rockford, IL on January 24th.
The classes start at from 9 a.m. and go until to 4 p.m. at each location.
The Madison VA has been hosting free classes for their Veteran Caregivers since 2015 and classes are offered three different times throughout each year.
The VA Caregiver Support Program developed self-care courses for Caregivers of any Veteran who receives care from the VA. Veterans who are Caregivers are also eligible.
Each course is 3 hours in length, and is taught by a Memphis VA Caregiver Center Trainer. Classes will include lecture, small group discussion, and time for personal planning. Each Caregiver will also receive a workbook to take home.
Topics for this set of classes are: Utilizing Technology 9-noon; and Problem Solving and Effective Communication; 1-4pm. Refreshments are provided and seats are still available.
Previous classes have been attended by a mix of Veteran Caregivers from all Eras spanning World War II to the current War on Terrorism.
“Attendees often thank me for the training at the end of the day,” said Margaret Flood, Caregiver Support Coordinator. “It’s a huge relief for them to know they are not alone.”
Caregiver Day Off classes are just one of many programs the Madison VA offers its Caregivers and is part of its work as a “Dementia Friendly Hospital”.
“The majority of our Caregivers are caring for Dementia patients,” said Flood. “As part of the training we also provide an overview of benefits and programs the Veterans and their Caregivers qualify for.”
If interested in attending these free classes, please call #608-280-7085 to reserve a seat.