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April 22, 2014

Hospice of Lake Cumberland hosting Caregiver Conference

Somerset — Caring for loved ones who can’t take care of themselves can be a very difficult task. Every little bit of knowledge, support, and encouragement helps.

To that end, Hospice of Lake Cumberland is looking to provide a helping hand with their third-annual Caregiver Conference this weekend.

The conference will be held Saturday, April 26 at The Hall, the event facility located at 120 Losey Street in Somerset. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference begins at 8:45 a.m.

Hospice of Lake Cumberland is a non-profit, Medicare/Medicaid-certified organization that offers “compassionate care to patients and families struggling to cope with a life-threatening illness,” according to the group’s website at

The conference is free to the public, and there will be door prizes, a light breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Leanne Weddle, volunteer coordinator, said that there will be sessions offered throughout the day on subjects such as identity theft, abuse awareness and financial matters.

“Another session that might be of interest is top drugs of abuse; there’s a session on safety led by Jeff Turner (of Somerset Karate Academy),” said Weddle. “We’ve got somebody from L&N Credit Union (talking about) identity theft. Someone from Adanta is doing the drug (session).”

Weddle said there will be a “variety” of presenters, 18 in all. There will be eight break-out session times, and each of those times, participants will have between four to five sessions which they can attend.

There will also be an open forum where attendees can ask nurses any kind of caregiving questions they might have.

“The target audience is anyone who is a caregiver or thinks they may be one in the future,” said Weddle. “... Pretty much everyone is either a caregiver now or will find themselves in a caregiver role in the future and it’s best to get prepared.”

That applies to a wide-range of caregiving situations — not just for the elderly, but for any person who can’t take care of themselves, grandparent to grandchild.

The Caregiver Conference is provided in collaboration with the Lake Cumberland Family Caregiver Support Program.

 Attendees need to RSVP by Thursday, April 24 by calling 606-679-4389.

The event has been well-attended the past two times it’s been held, and Weddle said that approximately 70 people are expected to attend at this point.

“We have a lot to offer individuals at this conference,” she said. “They’ll something to benefit them if they’re currently a caregiver, or know they will be in the future, or if they’re just interested.”

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