Professional and family caregivers who provide direct care services at home or in long-term care settings are invited to attend the 7th annual Direct Caregivers Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Northwoods Center on Nicolet College’s Rhinelander campus.
The conference provides an opportunity for caregivers to receive continuing education in a relaxed and comfortable environment. A highlight of the conference will be a special awards luncheon to recognize caregiver excellence. There will also be resources on wellness and stress management, door prizes and giveaways.
“Through the generous contributions of our sponsors and donations from local businesses, we’re able to make this a really fun event while also recognizing the value and dedication of direct care providers in our Northwoods communities,” said Sandy Bishop, Nicolet College director of workforce development and a member of the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network.
Lenore Mangles, Nicolet College dean of health occupations, and Kathy Hubatch-Babcock, Nicolet nursing assistant instructor, will present “Keys for Building Resiliency: Surviving and Thriving in a Stressed-Out World.”
The featured speaker will be Mildred “Tinker” Schuman, Lac du Flambeau tribal elder, teacher, poet and co-author. She’ll give her presentation, “The Healing Blanket-Stories, Values and Poetry from Ojibwe Elders and Teachers,” and discuss ways to develop cultural and spiritual sensitivity, and caring for the whole person.
Additionally, Karren Gunderlach, regional ombudsman, Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, will provide strategies and tools for engaging residents in meaningful activities.
The conference will also include a panel discussion on long-term care issues, challenges, and best practices. The conference is hosted by the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network and Nicolet College.
The network is a professional organization of long-term care providers, agencies and organizations that provide education and support to caregivers in a variety of settings.
Early-bird registration is $59 ($35.72 for those ages 62 and older) for those enrolled by Thursday, Jan. 31. After Jan. 31, registration is $64 ($40.72 for those ages 62 and older).
A continental breakfast and catered luncheon are included in registration. Those attending will receive up to 4.5 hours of continuing education and certificates of class completion. To register, call Nicolet College at (715) 365-4493, (800) 544-3039 ext. 4493, or TDD (715) 365-4448.
For more information about the conference, contact Nicolet College at (715) 365-4905, (800) 544-3039, ext. 4905; TDD (715) 365-4448 or by email at email@example.com.