In honor of National Family Caregivers Month, the nonprofit National Private Duty Association has announced that it will host a consumer education web conference, "Creating a Care Plan for Your Parents," at 8 p.m. Nov. 3.
The live and interactive program will provide advice on how family caregivers can work with care professionals to develop an effective plan of care for a loved one. Caregivers will learn how to identify key issues and problems, locate needed experts and outline expected outcomes to ensure that a parent is cared for in the best manner possible.
The event is free of charge to participants.
The web conference topics include setting up a successful plan, the plan components, implementation of care, managing expectations, care evaluation and warning signs.
"Empowering family caregivers through the use of an effective care plan aids both adult children and their parents," said Sheila McMackin, president of NPDA. "A well-planned and monitored plan helps an aging parent to thrive, while remaining comfortable at home."
The event's expert presenter is Bert Copple, general manager of the Home Instead Senior Care franchise in Birmingham, Mich. This franchise has been named a Top 40 Workplace by the Detroit Free Press in 2010 and 2011.
In addition, his office was ranked as the No. 1 Home Instead Senior Care franchise in North America for caregiver and client satisfaction in March 2011.
Copple earned master's degrees in theology and leadership. He is a decorated war veteran, serving in Iraq with the Army. In addition, he is a licensed minister and chaplain, an author and an adjunct faculty member at Central Bible College.
Registration is required and may be made at the website www.privatedutyhomecare.org.