March 26, 2019

Concord Regional VNA Selected for Caregiver Program Study

Concord Regional VNA is the only organization in New Hampshire participating in the “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Telehealth Effectiveness Study. The purpose of the study is to explore offering the specially designed program for family caregivers online and compare outcomes between online classes and in-person classes. 

“We are excited to participate in this study and want to reach caregivers who are unable to leave their loved one to attend a program in the community,” said Jennifer Brechtel, CHES, Community Benefit Manager. “We have successfully offered ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ since 2013 and have recently been reviewing ways to reach family caregivers through an online platform.” 

Caregiving is challenging and it is important caregivers are attentive to their own self-care needs. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a six-week, 90-minute educational program that offers family caregivers tips and suggestions on how to take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. 

The program offers education about tools that can help participants find ways to reduce stress, communicate effectively with family, friends, and caregivers, and reduce guilt, anger, and depression. Participants also learn strategies on coping with life challenges, making tough decisions, setting goals, problem solving, and community resources.

For more information about “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” please call (603) 230-5673.