For many caregivers, taking care of an elderly or chronically ill loved one is a job for which they feel unprepared. It is a task that often requires physical, emotional and spiritual strength along with patience and stamina.

Beginning on Wednesday, September 1, the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center will host a free caregiver workshop titled, Care for the Caregiver: A Time for You. The program will be held the first Wednesday of every month from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Saint Barnabas Health Care System located at 95 Old Short Hills Road in West Orange. Registration is not required. Attendees are encouraged to drop in any time during the ninety-minute session.

"Caregivers frequently report feelings of isolation, loneliness and uncertainty," says Mary Murray, RN, Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center. "Giving caregivers a place to share concerns and questions will be the focus of the group. Topics may range from practical concerns, such as how to bathe someone, to emotional issues such as sadness and anxiety."

For more information about Care for the Caregiver: A Time for You, please call Susan Engel, MSW, at 973-322-4810.

The Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center is an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.