Caregiver School

Welcome to the audio version of Caregiver School. Listen to all 25 lessons that comprise this 9 Part Training Program for Family Caregivers. Most lessons are less then 20 minutes long – some are longer. (The time in minutes is indicated in brackets next to the lesson title.) Be sure to print the COURSE OUTLINE so you can see all of the information that will be covered in each Part. And don’t forget to download and print the individual worksheet that accompanies most lessons.

This audio version and the individual worksheets are offered at NO COST to family caregivers.

However, for convenience each of the 9 Parts of Caregiver School are available for purchase as an individual e-book. Follow the links provided below or visit my author page ~ Patricia Thorne on Amazon.com.

You can also purchase the 46 page Caregiver School Workbook which includes all of the lessons’ 22 worksheets in convenient location. Go to the Caregiver School – Book Store to purchase the downloadable PDF version. Or purchase a print / hard copy by following this link to Amazon.com.

Introducing Caregiver School (6:20)

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Part One – Becoming a Family Caregiver

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CGS Part 1 Lesson 1

Lesson 1 – The Four Journeys (11:16)

Download worksheet: The four journeys


REST STOP

Take a minute to stop, listen and breathe – just for a minuteRest Stop Rain

Listen to the sounds of the rain (1:54)


Lesson 2 – The Six Essential Steps (12:25)

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Lesson 3 – Receiving a Devastating Diagnosis (9:35)

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Part Two – Evaluating the Situation

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Lesson 1 – Understanding Normal Aging (12:21)


Lesson 2 – When there is cause for concern (10:38)


Lesson 3 – When driving becomes a problem (13:48)

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Lesson 4 – What does your loved one need? (12:47)

Download worksheet: Initial assessment


Part Three – Making a Plan

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Lesson 1 – The family meeting (13:31)

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Lesson 2 – When conversations go wrong (14:57)

Download worksheet: The Caregiver Bill of Rights


Lesson 3 – Effective Communication (18:25)

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Lesson 4 – Creating a Plan of Care (10:43)

Download worksheet: Plan of care checklist


Part Four – Navigating the Medical World

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Lesson 1 – Diagnosis and prognosis (18:45)

Download worksheet: Communication Note


Lesson 2 – Managing medications (9:37)

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Lesson 3 – Understanding Medical Insurance (20:17)

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Part Five – Managing Your Loved One’s Affairs

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Lesson 1 – Understanding Advanced Directives (15:06)


Lesson 2 – Getting their affairs in order (23:06)

Download worksheet: Legal and Financial checklist 


Lesson 3 – Do I need a lawyer? (19:11)

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Part Six – Day to Day Caregiving

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Lesson 1 – Staying at home (22:07)

Download worksheet: Conversation not confrontation


Lesson 2 – When professional help is needed (32:14)

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Lesson 3 – Long Distance Caregiving (14:49)

Download worksheet: Caregiver Resources


Part Seven – When things get complicated

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Lesson 1 – Understanding dementia and Alzhiemer’s disease (15:07)

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Lesson 2 – How to manage challenging behavior and communication (26:08)

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Part Eight – Caring for the caregiver

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Lesson 1 – Caring for the caregiver (23:44)

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Download worksheet: The Caregiver Bill of Rights


Part Nine – When the journey ends

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Lesson 1 – Letting go (29:13)

Download worksheet: Death and dying


Lesson 2 – When it’s time to say goodbye (22:40)

Download worksheet: The journey through grief