Education Programs

Classes for Caregivers

Overview

Whether you're brand new to caregiving, or you just want to brush up on a specific topic, Insight is here to help! We offer a variety of caregiving classes throughout the year, specifically geared towards family caregivers providing care for a loved one at home. All classes are free, and open to the public. Respite care may also be available upon request.

 

Upcoming Programs

  • Caregiver Bootcamp

    Saturday, April 28, 2018 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Caregiver Bootcamp

    Location: Insight Memory Care Center, 3953 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: Join IMCC for a special day-long training event covering many essential caregiving topics!

    We know it can be hard as a busy caregiver to find all the information you need to best care for your loved one with dementia. Insight offers the Caregiver Bootcamp to help you learn more about essential caregiving topics, all in one place! Come and learn from experts in their fields and gain knowledge on the basics you need to know as a caregiver.

    A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge! Thanks to Brightview Great Falls and Old Dominion Home Care for sponsoring our breakfast and lunch.

    Schedule:
    9:30 am – 10:00 am | Registration & Breakfast

    10:00 am – 11:30 am | Dementia Overview
    Chiadi Onyike, MD, MHS, Director of Frontotemporal Dementia Program and Associate Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Johns Hopkins
    Learn how to distinguish the different types of dementia and gain and understanding of the typical behaviors associated with the disease. Dr. Onyike will also be providing a special focus on FTD.

    11:45am – 12:45 pm | Legal Needs
    Elizabeth L. Gray, Elder Law Attorney, McCandlish Lillard
    There are many legal needs to be taken care of, including powers of attorney and medical directives, wills and estate planning, guardianships, and long-term care planning. Learn where to turn for guidance.

    12:45 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch

    1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Understanding Communication and Behavior Changes
    Maureen Charlton, BSW, Reminiscence Coordinator, Sunrise at Silas Burke House
    For those with memory impairments, sometimes the only form of communication provided is through behavior. Learn strategies for effective communication, even as abilities are changing.

    2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Know your Community Resources
    Megan Descutner, RN, MS, CMC, Golden Pond Elder Care Strategies
    You are not alone! A multitude of services are available right here in our area. Learn more about what’s available and who to call.


    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi
    703-204-4664
  • Activities of Daily Living Success

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Activities of Daily Living Success

    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: Make each day more successful! Learn tips and tricks for providing hands-on care for eating, dressing, bathing, hygiene and toileting.

    This program is a part of our ongoing Classes for Caregivers series. All sessions are FREE, and held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Respite care may be available by request; please notify us when registering to confirm availability.

    Presenter:
    Colleen Walker, Executive Director at Brookdale Arlington
    Colleen is a 20-year veteran in the long term care industry. As a Certified Memory Impairment Specialist, she has worked with companies such as The Veterans’ Administration, HCR-ManorCare, Sun West Management, The Alzheimer’s Association, and Brookdale Senior Living, to develop, train and implement services and programs to meet the special needs of those with cognitive impairment. Colleen uses her own vast personal experiences, mixed with compassion and humor in her trainings for professional and family caregivers.
    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi
    703-204-4664
  • Keeping Your Loved One Safe

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Keeping Your Loved One Safe

    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: As the brain changes, abilities change too. Learn about potential safety issues, balancing safety with independence, and ways to keep a loved one safe at home and away.

    This program is a part of our ongoing Classes for Caregivers series. All sessions are FREE, and held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Respite care may be available by request; please notify us when registering to confirm availability.
    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi
    703-204-4664
  • Are They Doing That on Purpose

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Are They Doing That on Purpose

    Location: Linda and Lou Mazawey Education and Support Center, 3955 Pender Drive, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030
    Description: For those with memory impairments, sometimes the only form of communication provided is through behavior, both positive and negative. Come and learn strategies for communication and dealing with difficult behaviors.

    This program is a part of our ongoing Classes for Caregivers series. All sessions are FREE, and held the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Respite care may be available by request; please notify us when registering to confirm availability.
    Contact Information:
    Lindsey Vajpeyi
    703-204-4664

Education Programs

“The Caregivers Bootcamp was wonderful! What great information and presenters you put together. I’m so glad I decided to go as a participant and enjoy all of it.”