Local Organizations Partner To Host Davidson County Caregiver Academy


Davidson County Senior Services, Hospice of Davidson County, The Life Center of Davidson County and Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center are launching an 11 month long Caregiver Academy to provide education and support to Davidson County caregivers. 

Beginning February 19 and running through December 17, 11 free sessions will be hosted at Lexington Medical Center’s Live Well Center from 1-2:30 p.m. Community experts will coach participants on a variety of topics geared to address the most common issues that caregivers face.

“As the lead agency for the Family Caregiver Support Program of Davidson County, The Life Center held a focus group in September 2018 to hear the needs of caregivers,” said Beth Rummage, executive director for The Life Center of Davidson County. “Needs identified by caregivers of Davidson County included education, information and assistance. Experts in attendance collaborated to replicate the successful Caregiver Academy in Davie County. 

“Our goal of this Caregiver Academy is to reduce caregiver stress by providing education, information and a larger social system of support,” added Rummage.

“Our passion at Lexington Medical Center is to provide exceptional care for our patients and this community,” said Bill James, president of Lexington Medical Center. “The Caregiver Academy complements this passion by providing support, knowledge and resources for our patients and families as they address the challenges of our aging population.”

Registration is encouraged prior to each session and can be completed by going online to Lexington.WakeHealth.edu/BestHealth, emailing bhealth@wakehealth.edu or by calling (336) 713-BEST (2378).

  • Feb. 19Community Resources A to Z. In-home options and support to stay independent.
  • March 19: The Sandwich Generation. Multi-tasking across generations: Taking care of grandparents, parents, children and grandchildren.
  • April 16:Advance Care Planning. Health care power of attorney, living will, DNR, MOST, Five Wishes and other gifts of planning ahead.
  • May 21:NineWise — Your Personality as a Caregiver. How your natural personality influences your caregiving behaviors using Enneagram tools for empowerment.
  • June 18:Staying Safe. Age-proofing our home. Preventing falls, accidents and unsafe situations.
  • July 16:How to Be Your Own Health Care Advocate. Techniques for communication with health care providers as a caregiver.
  • Aug. 20:Medicare, Medicaid and Caregiving. Navigating the mazes of insurance and benefits
  • Sept. 17:Caregiving with Unusual Behaviors. Finding the “new normal” with newly emerging behaviors, difficult personalities and aggression.
  • Oct. 15:The Holidays Are Here. Techniques for managing caregiving in the face of family opinions and questions.
  • Nov. 19:Hospice and Palliative Care. Bursting myths and discovering benefits at the end of life.
  • Dec. 17:Elder Law. Wills, estates and bequeathment.

For more information or to register for a Caregiver Academy session please visit Lexington.WakeHealth.edu/BestHealth, email bhealth@wakehealth.edu or call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Davidson County Senior Services media contact: Thessia Everhart-Roberts, Thessia.everhart@davidsoncountync.gov, (336) 242-2290. 

Hospice of Davidson County media contact: Erin McCloskey, erin@etmccloskey.com, (336) 207-5222.

Lexington Medical Center media contact: Matt Britt, mbritt@wakehealth.edu, (336) 716-0536.

The Life Center of Davidson County media contact: Nina Smith, nsmith@lifecenterdavidson.com, (336) 249-2155.

About Davidson County Senior Services:

Senior Services, a division of Davidson County Government, was established in 1975.  The organization’s mission is to offer an array of programs and services to older adults regarding their well-being, independence, involvement in their community and the ability for them to remain in their own home.  For more information, please visit www.co.davidson.nc.us/seniorservices/

About Hospice of Davidson County:

For more than 30 years, Hospice of Davidson County has been a recognized leader in the advancement of quality end-of-life care across the Piedmont Triad region. Each day, the ACHC accredited agency provides comfort for more than 140 patients and their families, in a variety of locations, including private homes, in long-term care and skilled-nursing facilities and at the Henry Etta & Bruce Hinkle Hospice House, the only inpatient hospice facility in Davidson County. Hospice of Davidson County is a Hospice Honors agency. For more information, please visit hospiceofdavidson.org or Facebook.  

About The Life Center:

Since 1980, The Life Center of Davidson County has been providing high quality adult day services to older and impaired adults and their caregivers by offering support, relief, respite and counsel.   Adult day services are designed to support an adult’s personal independence and promote social, physical and emotional well-being.  These services include personal care, monitoring of health conditions, assessments and supervised Registered Nurse services. Caregivers have the peace of mind knowing their loved one’s health, safety and emotional well-being are being supported by a qualified health care staff.  For more information, please visit lifecenterdavidson.com.  

Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical Center:

(www.lexington.wakehealth.edu) is a 94-bed community hospital in Lexington, North Carolina, that serves the residents of Davidson County and surrounding areas. Lexington Medical Center provides a wide array of patient- and family-centered primary and specialty diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services. It also offers patients direct access to the medical experts and other resources of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. Lexington Medical Center is the successor to Lexington Memorial Hospital, which was founded as Davidson Hospital in 1924.