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2021 Virtual ALS Caregiver Boot Camps

2021 Virtual Caregiver Boot Camps

The ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter Caregiver Boot Camp program is designed to inform about the role of a caregiver, how to use common pieces of medical equipment, and provides an opportunity to ask questions to be prepared to assist a loved one living with ALS. Our professional Care Services Coordinators along with topic-related specialists will provide educational insights related to topics such as the role of a Caregiver, daily challenges, psychological aspects, mobility and accessibility needs, nutrition, respiratory care, and communication.

To prioritize the safety of our ALS Community, in 2021 we are offering virtual Caregiver Boot Camp experiences throughout the year. The webinars will include a live question and answer session,

  • ALS Caregiver Boot Camp - Saturday, March 13, 2021
  • Advanced ALS Caregiver Boot Camp - Saturday, June 19, 2021
  • ALS Caregiver Boot Camp - Saturday, August 7, 2021
  • ALS Caregiver Boot Camp - Saturday, November 13, 2021

The virtual Advanced ALS Caregiver Boot Camp was developed for Caregivers who are currently caring for loved ones with ALS and are ready to discuss the advanced care needs associated with the later stages of the disease. Topics addressed include:

  • Care for the individual who is losing mobility or communication abilities
  • Nutrition options for the individual who cannot or chooses not to eat
  • Breathing support including ventilation options
  • Knowing when to transition to hospice
  • Difficulties of bereavement

The Advanced Boot Camp was developed in response to the request of Caregivers for a higher-level discussion on the difficult roles and conversations Caregivers are finding themselves in, feeling vulnerable and unprepared. This Boot Camp may not be for everyone, as the nature of the topics may elicit difficult emotions.* For anyone who attends, we do have a Licensed Clinical Social Worker available for any follow-up support needed post-Boot Camp. 

*This program is not recommended for children 12 and younger.

If you have questions, please contact: Kellie Branch Dircks, MSW, LCSW, Care Services Coordinator, or 312-932-0000.

Thank you to our sponsors that make the Caregiver Boot Camp program possible:
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