Carers' workshop builds inner strength
A FREE one-day workshop for carers who are looking after a loved one with a terminal or life-limiting chronic illness at home is being offered at the Hopewell Centre, Arundel, with a choice of dates.
The aim of the workshop is to provide support, education, information and skills so that carers can help their loved ones to remain at home longer.
Qualified registered nurses, trainers and professional counsellors are among the speakers.
Hopewell founder Deirdre Hanna said the centre provided hospice and outreach services, the Living Well centre for people with long-term chronic illness, Paradise Kids support, education and training programs.
"We started 23 years ago. My husband Reverend Doctor Ian Mavor and I started it," Deirdre said.
"He died two years ago in the hospice that he founded
"He ran Lifeline for many years. It's a big loss."
The workshops aim to teach "inner life skills" and help the carers stay strong.
"It's very stressful having someone at home with a terminal illness," Deirdre said.
"Not only do the carers have to look after their loved ones, it's the stress.
"I've done the mindfulness meditation course and I teach that as well."
Loved ones can be cared for in the Living Well Day Respite Centre during the workshop.
Workshops will be held on June 12, August 28 and November 13, from 9.30am to 3.30pm at The Hopewell Centre, 88 Allied Drive, Arundel.
Call respite manager Julie Howe to book in on 0755746853 or 0422191146.