CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University and Pardee Hospital recently awarded certificates of completion and merit for the Care-Giver Series to more than 35 staff members of Tryon Estates in Columbus.

Offered in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, residential retirement communities and other health care settings, the Care-Giver Series provides a customized curriculum for certified nursing assistants and registered nurses.

Tryon Estates is one of 17 retirement campuses of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities. Several participants from Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Columbus also were recognized.

“The completion of the Care-Giver Series is a true testament to the mission of loving kindness,” said Barbara Hudson, dean of ACTS Corporate University. “We are so extremely proud of your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to continue to educate yourselves so you can better care for our residents.”

Topics in the care giver series typically include sensitivity training, grief and the tasks of mourning, anger management, stress management, communication skills and team building, dealing with the terminally ill patient and family, osteoporosis and proper transfer techniques, wound care and understanding dementia.

“Given the number of older adults living in the region, Western Carolina University is pleased to partner with health care institutions in the delivery of programming that prompts professional development for staff and encourages improved care to seniors,” said Noelle Kehrberg dean of Western's College of Applied Sciences.

The series is one of a number of collaborative programs offered by Western and Pardee Hospital to enhance the lives of older adults. Programs are offered in three locations Henderson and Transylvania counties and will expand to other counties in the region, said Marcia Caserio, Western's regional director of educational outreach.

For more information, contact Caserio at (828) 694-1829 or e-mail mcaserio@wcu.edu .

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