JFS Offers Caregiver Crash Course in September

JFS invites anyone searching for help with their caregiver journey to the new Caregiver Crash Course, an educational series covering different aspects of caregiving. The next class meets on Thursday, September 7 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The topic for this class will be Improving Communication Skills. Participants will learn skillful ways to communicate with the care receiver including listening, processing and responding.

The courses will be offered by cofacilitators Tara Burns, MA, LPCC and Bonnie Jaffe, RN. Tara is a licensed mental health professional and JFS therapist and Caregiver Support Group Facilitator. Working with adults across the life span, her passion is providing services to individuals living with grief, loss, depression, anxiety, life changes and adjusting to illness and chronic pain. Her group experience involves facilitating support for bereavement, caregivers and healing through art workshops.

JFS Senior Services Supervisor Bonnie Jaffe, RN, has many years of hospital experience. In her role at JFS, Bonnie provides caregiver coaching, family consultations and leads the JFS grief and caregiver support groups. She is also a certified instructor for Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Reach Community for Caregivers and Dementia Friends presenter. Bonnie is trained by Honoring Choices of MN to assist people in completing advance care directives.

Subsequent classes, all via Zoom, include:

Quality Caregiving in the Home, Thursday, October 19, 6-7PM
Quality Caregiving in a Facility, Thursday, November 9, 6-7PM
Caregiver Resources, Thursday, December 14, 6-7PM

All classes in this series are free and open to the public. Contact Tara at tburns@jfssp.org or (763) 300-3146 or Bonnie at bjaffe@jfssp.org or (651) 497-8248 for more information and to register and receive the Zoom link.