New Online Course Provides Resource for Caregivers

Four-Week Series Designed to Reach Out to 45 Million Americans in Caregiving

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29 Sep, 2004, 01:00 ET from VistaCare

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Approximately 45
 million people in the United States today devote a large portion of their
 lives to caring for an aging or disabled relative.  These millions of
 Americans may be struggling alone with the pressures and difficult decisions
 that come along with caregiving responsibilities.
     But starting Oct. 4, 2004, these caregivers will have access to a free,
 online resource designed to provide support, guidance, and education --
 Caregiver University.
     "Caregiver University: Learning to help someone you love" has been
 developed by WebMD Health and is sponsored by VistaCare, one of the nation's
 leading hospice providers.  Free registration is available by going to
 www.VistaCare.com/caregiver or by visiting www.webmd.com.  Caregiver
 University is part of WebMD University, a series of online courses developed
 by WebMD Health, the leading provider of online health information for
 consumers and physicians. WebMD University courses cover a variety of diseases
 and conditions and include expert-led instruction, live events and access to
 transcripts.
     This series of four web-based "lessons" is available 24 hours a day, 7
 days a week. Caregiver University provides the information and resources
 needed to make informed decisions about all aspects of caregiving -- from
 safety to medical records, communication to finances. Each lesson includes
 practical checklists and action plans designed to make a caregiver's life
 easier.
     When Ken Ross was told that his mother's condition was terminal, it
 surfaced a number of questions and concerns for which he and his family were
 not prepared.  As the son of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of the
 groundbreaking book "On Death and Dying," Ken knew that he needed to seek out
 additional resources, information, and support in caring for his mother.
     "Despite the fact that I grew up with my mother talking about these
 issues, we still needed outside support.  Through VistaCare, my sister and I
 learned so much about caring for our mother.  This was a tremendous relief and
 helped us cope with the enormous stresses involved in her care."
     For families like Ken's facing the challenges of caring for a loved one,
 Caregiver University provides direct access to nationally recognized
 caregiving experts through live online events and the opportunity to connect
 with other caregivers through topical message boards and chat sessions.
 Registrants can learn and explore at their own pace -- with no books, no fees,
 and no classrooms.
     "Millions of Americans are working to balance caring for a loved one with
 living out the other parts of their lives -- and they are finding it difficult
 to feel satisfied with either," said Bruce Chamberlain, M.D., Chief Medical
 Officer at VistaCare.  "This free online course is an opportunity for
 VistaCare to help caregivers obtain practical help, and let them know they're
 not alone."
 
     Caregivers and other interested parties can explore additional resources
 on www.VistaCare.com designed to provide information about end-of-life care,
 including the "Is Hospice the Answer?" quiz that can help them find out if
 they or a loved one might be eligible for the hospice benefit.
 
     Course Outline for Caregiver University
 
     Week 1 -- Questions on Your Mind. Starting October 4, 2007
     Caregiver isn't always a role we choose in this life. Yet, out of need and
 love, we embrace this new and often overwhelming task. Learn about the helpful
 support available to you as a caregiver.
 
     Week 2 -- Skills Needed for Caregiving. Starting October 11, 2004
     Effective caregiving requires many skills. Not only do you give emotional
 support to your loved one, but you may also manage their healthcare needs,
 organize their home and provide physical assistance.  Learn key skills to help
 you every day.
 
     Week 3 -- Coping Emotionally. Starting October 18, 2004
     Anger. Fatigue. Sadness. Frustration. Grief. Self-doubt. These words may
 represent your emotions right now, a week ago, or tomorrow. Rest assured,
 these feelings are normal. Caregiving is stressful, and it can affect your
 health. Learn how to care for yourself, as well as for your loved one.
 
     Week 4 -- Long-term Planning. Starting October 25, 2004
     Understanding your loved one's finances and dealing with delicate
 long-term planning issues are important parts of caregiving. Do you need a
 power of attorney? Has your loved one made an advanced healthcare directive?
 Is there enough money to cover your loved one's expenses and your needs? What
 type of financial planning can help? Let's explore finding the answers.
 
     About VistaCare
     VistaCare is a leading provider of hospice services in the United States
 with 45 programs in 14 states.  Through interdisciplinary teams of physicians,
 nurses, home healthcare aides, social workers, spiritual and other counselors
 and volunteers, VistaCare provides care primarily designed to reduce pain and
 enhance the quality of life of patients facing life-limiting illness, most
 commonly in the patient's home or other residence of choice. For more
 information, or to learn more about VistaCare, call 1-866-VISTACARE or visit
 www.VistaCare.com.
 
      Contact:
      Mike Fleming
      Office: (480) 648-8700
      Pager:  (800) 808-6849
      mike.fleming@vistacare.com
 
 

SOURCE VistaCare
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Approximately 45
 million people in the United States today devote a large portion of their
 lives to caring for an aging or disabled relative.  These millions of
 Americans may be struggling alone with the pressures and difficult decisions
 that come along with caregiving responsibilities.
     But starting Oct. 4, 2004, these caregivers will have access to a free,
 online resource designed to provide support, guidance, and education --
 Caregiver University.
     "Caregiver University: Learning to help someone you love" has been
 developed by WebMD Health and is sponsored by VistaCare, one of the nation's
 leading hospice providers.  Free registration is available by going to
 www.VistaCare.com/caregiver or by visiting www.webmd.com.  Caregiver
 University is part of WebMD University, a series of online courses developed
 by WebMD Health, the leading provider of online health information for
 consumers and physicians. WebMD University courses cover a variety of diseases
 and conditions and include expert-led instruction, live events and access to
 transcripts.
     This series of four web-based "lessons" is available 24 hours a day, 7
 days a week. Caregiver University provides the information and resources
 needed to make informed decisions about all aspects of caregiving -- from
 safety to medical records, communication to finances. Each lesson includes
 practical checklists and action plans designed to make a caregiver's life
 easier.
     When Ken Ross was told that his mother's condition was terminal, it
 surfaced a number of questions and concerns for which he and his family were
 not prepared.  As the son of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of the
 groundbreaking book "On Death and Dying," Ken knew that he needed to seek out
 additional resources, information, and support in caring for his mother.
     "Despite the fact that I grew up with my mother talking about these
 issues, we still needed outside support.  Through VistaCare, my sister and I
 learned so much about caring for our mother.  This was a tremendous relief and
 helped us cope with the enormous stresses involved in her care."
     For families like Ken's facing the challenges of caring for a loved one,
 Caregiver University provides direct access to nationally recognized
 caregiving experts through live online events and the opportunity to connect
 with other caregivers through topical message boards and chat sessions.
 Registrants can learn and explore at their own pace -- with no books, no fees,
 and no classrooms.
     "Millions of Americans are working to balance caring for a loved one with
 living out the other parts of their lives -- and they are finding it difficult
 to feel satisfied with either," said Bruce Chamberlain, M.D., Chief Medical
 Officer at VistaCare.  "This free online course is an opportunity for
 VistaCare to help caregivers obtain practical help, and let them know they're
 not alone."
 
     Caregivers and other interested parties can explore additional resources
 on www.VistaCare.com designed to provide information about end-of-life care,
 including the "Is Hospice the Answer?" quiz that can help them find out if
 they or a loved one might be eligible for the hospice benefit.
 
     Course Outline for Caregiver University
 
     Week 1 -- Questions on Your Mind. Starting October 4, 2007
     Caregiver isn't always a role we choose in this life. Yet, out of need and
 love, we embrace this new and often overwhelming task. Learn about the helpful
 support available to you as a caregiver.
 
     Week 2 -- Skills Needed for Caregiving. Starting October 11, 2004
     Effective caregiving requires many skills. Not only do you give emotional
 support to your loved one, but you may also manage their healthcare needs,
 organize their home and provide physical assistance.  Learn key skills to help
 you every day.
 
     Week 3 -- Coping Emotionally. Starting October 18, 2004
     Anger. Fatigue. Sadness. Frustration. Grief. Self-doubt. These words may
 represent your emotions right now, a week ago, or tomorrow. Rest assured,
 these feelings are normal. Caregiving is stressful, and it can affect your
 health. Learn how to care for yourself, as well as for your loved one.
 
     Week 4 -- Long-term Planning. Starting October 25, 2004
     Understanding your loved one's finances and dealing with delicate
 long-term planning issues are important parts of caregiving. Do you need a
 power of attorney? Has your loved one made an advanced healthcare directive?
 Is there enough money to cover your loved one's expenses and your needs? What
 type of financial planning can help? Let's explore finding the answers.
 
     About VistaCare
     VistaCare is a leading provider of hospice services in the United States
 with 45 programs in 14 states.  Through interdisciplinary teams of physicians,
 nurses, home healthcare aides, social workers, spiritual and other counselors
 and volunteers, VistaCare provides care primarily designed to reduce pain and
 enhance the quality of life of patients facing life-limiting illness, most
 commonly in the patient's home or other residence of choice. For more
 information, or to learn more about VistaCare, call 1-866-VISTACARE or visit
 www.VistaCare.com.
 
      Contact:
      Mike Fleming
      Office: (480) 648-8700
      Pager:  (800) 808-6849
      mike.fleming@vistacare.com
 
 SOURCE  VistaCare