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LCC Offers New Respite Care Course for Caregivers  

LANSING 9/20/11 – Lansing Community College will offer a non-credit course in respite care beginning October 20 for individuals who have or will become caregivers for children, adults, or the elderly with disabilities or specialized needs.

The eight week course will help participants become effective caregivers by learning the emotional, physical, environmental, and spiritual aspects of caring for the whole person, not just their disability or medical condition.

Participants will learn best practices and methods to improve their skills and confidence for providing quality care, and setting up in home services. Upon successfully completing the eight week course, participants will earn a Certificate of Participation.  

Both individuals caring for family members or friends, and those seeking a career in caregiving, may find the course helpful.

Today in the U.S., 30 million families provide care for an adult over the age of 50 — a number expected to double in 25 years. As a result, providing care for an aging loved one will be as common in the future as providing childcare is today.

In addition, as Americans continue to live longer, the number of jobs available to home caregivers is expected to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects jobs for home caregivers to increase by 46 percent through 2018.

This rate is much faster than the job growth expected for jobs in other fields and industries around the country.  Jobs in this field allow for flexible hours and rewarding relationships with those who need support during critical times in their life.

The course will be available on Thursday evenings for eight weeks beginning October 20 in Lansing Community College’s Health and Human Services Building, Main Campus.   

To register, obtain further information, or take a quick assessment of your caregiving preparedness, visit us at or call 517-483-1860

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