A high-level evidence-based program!
What does that mean?
Powerful Tools for Caregivers © (PTC) is an educational workshop for people who are taking care of a family member or friend. It was developed by Legacy Health Systems at the University of Oregon, Portland and is based on the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program created by Dr. Kate Lorig and colleagues at Stanford University. PTC is an evidence-based curriculum which means it has been studied and found to have significant positive results for people who take the workshop. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is designed specifically to support the family caregiver and improve his or her well-being - it does not teach hands-on care or focus on disease or other conditions. See program brochure.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers: For Parents of Children with Special Needs is a separate program adapted from PTC and is designed to support a parent or parents who are caring for a child of any age (minor or adult) who has special health or behavioral needs. It provides the same caregiver support curriculum while focusing on the unique challenges of parents caring for a child of any age with health or behavior challenges. See program brochure.
Caregivers who take PTC experience:
PTC is presented in two formats: 2½ hour or 1½ hour sessions that meet once a week for 6 weeks in an easily accessible community setting
Week 1: Taking care of YOU
Week 2: Reducing Personal Stress
Week 3: Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns
Week 4: Communicating Effectively with Others
Week 5: Learning from our Emotions
Week 6: Mastering Caregiving Decisions
Benefits to Caregivers:
Who should consider taking Powerful Tools for Caregivers?
Family caregivers should take this course to help them better cope with the challenges of caregiving and get support and resources to make the caregiving journey easier. For more information about the program, contact Valeree Lecey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Leader Training
For information on becoming a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Leader, please click on the "Becoming a PTC Leader" tab above.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers PowerPoint Presentation
Q&A about taking a Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop
Read what some Kenosha County caregivers say about Powerful Tools for Caregivers.