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
“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.”
is encouraged prior to each session and can be completed by going online to Lexington.WakeHealth.edu/BestHealth,
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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
- Nov. 19:Hospice and Palliative Care.
Bursting myths and discovering benefits at the end of life.
- Dec. 17:Elder Law. Wills, estates
For more information or to register for a
Caregiver Academy session please visit Lexington.WakeHealth.edu/BestHealth,
email email@example.com or
call (336) 713-BEST (2378).
Davidson County Senior Services media contact: Thessia
Hospice of Davidson County media contact: Erin McCloskey, firstname.lastname@example.org, (336) 207-5222.
Lexington Medical Center media contact: Matt Britt, email@example.com, (336) 716-0536.
The Life Center of Davidson County media contact: Nina Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Lexington Medical
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.