Hospice hosts sessions

Sessions are for people living with a chronic illness, family members and health care professionals.

The North Okanagan Hospice Society, in partnership with Interior Health, will present three interactive sessions for people living with a chronic illness, family members and health care professionals.

The first session, Changing the Way We Care: Self First, will be held Jan. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. This session is designed for family and professional caregivers.  Participants will learn about the importance of maintaining their own health as they care for others. Simple and effective self-care strategies to prevent caregiver burnout will also be discussed.

The second session Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.  is called Collaborating in Your Own Care, and it’s for people living with a chronic illness and their family members who want to explore how they can become more active partners in their own care while building collaborative relationships with their health care providers. Participants will learn about their rights as patients as well as the decision-making process regarding treatment options and goals.

The third session Jan. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. is called Let’s Work Together. During this discussion, people living with a chronic illness, their family members and health care professionals will share stories, insights, and suggestions to better understand the specific factors that build trust and respect in relationships between patients, families and the health care team.

Sessions will be led by Elizabeth Causton, who has a master’s degree in social work and has worked in the field for more than 40 years.

Space is limited and pre-registration for each session is required. To register, call the North Okanagan Hospice Society at 250-503-1800 ext. 101. All three January sessions take place at the Schubert Centre.

For more information about the sessions, go to www.nohs.ca.