Kapok offers one- to two-hour long workshops in the Washington D.C. metro area and Northern Virginia. These support agencies, professionals and caregivers, providing critical knowledge about topics related to seniors, aging and caregiving.
These workshops are ideal for:
- Small and large businesses wishing to enrich employee’s experiences
- For professional development
- Home health agencies
- Aging service organizations
- Senior centers
- Other advocacy groups looking to broaden the public’s knowledge about caregiving, aging, retirement, and more.
Email Us to schedule a class for your agency. Fees cover instructor’s time, materials, and travel.
The following workshops are currently being offered:
1. Understanding Affordable Housing Options for Seniors
Description: Many seniors in the U.S. are under the false assumption that if they don’t have the resources to afford housing in their retirement age, they will be protected through public programs. The truth is that we are facing a growing housing crisis, and the shortage of housing is responsible for long waiting lists. It’s critical that seniors and their families plan ahead and understand the variety of housing options, eligibility requirements, and the process for applying and getting onto waiting lists.
We offer tips and guidance for searching for affordable housing, and provide tools and strategies to help seniors assess their personal situations. All attendees receive a copy of our comprehensive ‘Guide to Affordable Housing for Seniors’.
Target Audience: Seniors, family caregivers, professionals
Duration: 2 hrs
2. Making a Living as a Paid Caregiver
Description: There is much confusion out there about the training needs of someone responsible for caring for older adults and individuals with disabilities, and a large pay range to consider.
This course provides an overview of the various types of formal caregiving categories, such as personal care attendants, home health aids, certified nursing assistants, direct care workers, and more. We review the requirements for each, describe the typical responsibilities for each, and offer tips for finding work in these areas.
Target Audience: Working age adults from any background. No prior caregiving or formal training necessary to attend.
Fee: $150 (for workforce development and other organizations offering the course to community members)
Duration: 2 hrs
3. Medication Management for Older Adults with Type II Diabetes
Description: Older adults are increasingly visiting the emergency room as a result of adverse health effects from poor medication management. Individuals with diabetes are especially at risk of these complications.
This class provides an overview of potential pitfalls and tips for effective medication management. The tips can be applied broadly, though the emphasis in this class will be on older adults with diabetes. The class is open to older adults and their caregivers.
Target Audience: Older adults and their caregivers
Fee: $125 (for organizations and agencies looking to educate community members)
Duration: 1.5 hrs
4. Tips for Managing Cultural Differences Between Paid Caregivers and Clients
Description: As the growing number of baby boomers age into retirement, at least 60 to 80% will require some form of assistance at home. Today, paid caregivers are often foreign-born, immigrant women, who work very hard, but who may occasionally experience misunderstandings with clients.
Oftentimes, the cultural and linguistic differences between caregiver and client are to blame, coupled with existing physical challenges, such as hearing or visual impairment, dementia, and other conditions.
Target Audience: Working adults caring for seniors or individuals with disabilities
Fee: $125 (for organizations and agencies looking to educate home health workforce)
Duration: 1.5 hrs